Sacramento diocese priest arrested on child molest charges

3:52 PM, Dec 1, 2011   |    comments
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Father Uriel Ojeda

SACRAMENTO, CA - A priest serving in Sacramento's Roman Catholic Diocese was booked into jail custody Wednesday night on suspicion of child molestation.

Father Uriel Ojeda, 32, surrendered Wednesday, said diocese Bishop Jaime Soto. Ojeda was arrested on two charges of felony lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, according to Kevin Eckery, spokesman for the diocese.

The diocese contacted the Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento County Child Protective Services after receiving a complaint Tuesday from a parishioner, Soto said.

"I have personally spoken to the family involved, and they are in great pain. ... What they have endured has been difficult, and I grieve for what they have suffered and are suffering," Soto said. "Yet I also admire the courage with which they have come forward."

Ojeda is assigned to Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in Redding. He previously served in the Woodland parish. Soto urged anyone else who believes they were a victim of Ojeda to come forward.

Bail was set at $5 million. Ojeda was scheduled to appear in court Friday, according to jail records.

News10/KXTV and The Associated Press

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