Oregon priest guilty of sex abuse

April 2, 2013 at 2:04 PM
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WOODBURN, Ore., April 2 (UPI) -- A Roman Catholic priest in Oregon pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy in August and faces more than six years in prison, prosecutors said.

The Rev. Angel Armando Perez, a 47-year-old native Mexican who holds a green card for legal residence in the United States as a minister of religion, pleaded guilty Monday in Marion County Circuit Court to charges of first-degree sexual abuse, driving while intoxicated and furnishing alcohol to a minor, The (Portland) Oregonian reported. Accusations of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct and tampering with evidence were dismissed.

Court documents show Perez, pastor of St. Luke's parish in Woodburn, Ore., invited the boy to sleep at his house and the two consumed alcohol together. The boy fell asleep and awoke to find his pants and underwear around his knees and Perez, who was drunk, fondling him and taking pictures with a cellphone.

The child fled the priest's residence and a neighbor drove him to a relative's house. Perez chased the boy down the street in his underwear then drove back to the family's house where he was taken into custody.

Oregon's minimum prison term for first-degree sexual abuse is six years, three months.

The Oregonian said it was unclear whether he would be deported to Mexico after his sentence is up.

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