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Charges filed against St. James priest

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From page A1 | June 08, 2014 |

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Hector Coria Gonzalez. Courtesy photo

A St. James Catholic Church priest accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with an underage girl will face three felonies and one misdemeanor charge when he makes his first appearance this week in Yolo Superior Court.

The criminal complaint filed Friday by the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office charges Hector Coria Gonzalez with three counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and one count of oral copulation with a person under age 18.

According to the three-page complaint, the intercourse occurred between September 2013 and May of this year in locations including a house, a vehicle and a church rectory, while the oral copulation took place between April 2013 and May in a location that was not disclosed.

Coria, 45, is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Commissioner Janene Beronio’s courtroom.

Davis police arrested Coria on May 9 following an investigation that began earlier that month. Police said at the time that Coria had befriended the 17-year-old girl late last year while serving at the B Street church, which he had joined in 2012.

He has been free on bail since shortly after his arrest.

The Sacramento Diocese of the Catholic Church placed Coria on administrative leave following his arrest, and the Rev. Peter Bosque, St. James’ pastor, told The Enterprise that Coria would not return to the parish even if cleared of the allegations against him.

— Reach Lauren Keene at lkeene@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8048. Follow her on Twitter at @laurenkeene

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  • MJune 08, 2014 - 7:36 pm

    You spelled his name wrong. It's gonzalez with a Z. Let's get our facts straight. Also we should listen to the other side of the story before we jump to conclusions.

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  • AlbertJune 08, 2014 - 9:45 pm

    It's spelled with a "s" on the Yolo County website, so you should be telling them to get the spelling correct.

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  • June 08, 2014 - 8:48 pm

    I don't think spelling would be considered a fact so please get your facts right before you comment

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  • June 08, 2014 - 11:07 pm

    Yeah...because misspelling his name makes him innocent of the crime.

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  • MJune 09, 2014 - 3:19 pm

    Davis is ridiculous. This was brought forth by a third party who had no right to bring forth such absurd accusations. Prosecuting this case would benefit nobody, and I'm sure that all you taxpayers don't want to pay to stick this guy in jail when he has done nothing wrong. There was no sexual abuse that took place. Don't people care about the truth? How about people listen to what the "alleged victim" has to say. She is not a victim of Hector but she's being made into a victim by the media, the cops and the church. Also, it is legally important that they get the spelling correct. The court website is incorrect because the DA made a mistake.

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  • JLGJune 12, 2014 - 12:10 pm

    I hope we all keep in mind that Fr. Hector is innocent until proven guilty. There is much more to this case that we don't know.

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  • ReneeJuly 07, 2014 - 9:58 pm

    It is unfathomable to me that anyone is defending this man. His victim may have been a willing participant. But, in the eyes of the law, she's a minor and his actions are criminal. What makes this even MORE unbelievable to me is that this man was a (supposed) priest. He took advantage of his position of power and he violated his sacred vows.

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