Salinas Pastor Suspected of Sexual Behavior with Minor

Contra Costa Times
April 17, 2009

Salinas detectives arrested the Rev. Antonio Cortes, pastor at St. Mary of The Nativity Catholic Church, Thursday afternoon on suspicion of unlawful sexual behavior with a male juvenile and providing alcohol to a minor.

The 41-year-old priest was taken into custody without incident, police said today.

Detectives had a search warrant for the priest's living quarters. He was taken to county jail with bail set at $750,000.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information can call detectives Lalo Villegas at 758-7348 or Luis Bravo at 758-7124, or the anonymous tip line at 775-4222 or WE TIP at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Police said the Diocese of Monterey is cooperating with the investigation.


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