Former Davis Priest Faces Deportation After Being Charged with Sex Crime

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WOODLAND —

A former Northern California priest has been arrested by federal immigration employees, who are preparing to deport him to Mexico after he admitted to having sex with a 16-year-old altar girl.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say 46-year-old Hector Coria Gonzales was arrested at his Davis home Friday.

Gonzales pleaded guilty to statutory rape in Yolo County Superior Court in July for engaging in unlawful sexual acts with a 16-year-old girl. The girl belonged to the St. James’ Parish in Davis, where Gonzales served as a priest.

Gonzales was in the country legally. However, his status changed when the Catholic Church stripped him of his priesthood after his conviction.

He is being held without bond at a county facility while his case is being reviewed by an immigration court.

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