priest arrested on statutory rape charge
By Michelle Schultz
May 10, 2014
A Davis priest is charged with statutory rape and oral
copulation with a minor, police said Saturday.
Father Hector Coria was arrested Friday after the Davis
Police Department served search warrants at several locations,
officers said. Coria is now held at the Yolo County Jail.
Police started investigating the sexual abuse allegations
earlier this month. The alleged victim is a 17-year-old girl,
Officials determined Coria, 45, befriended the girl as he
served as a priest at the Catholic church.
In late 2013, he started a sexual relationship with the
alleged victim, and had several sexual encounters with her,
No further details were released.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call Davis
police at 530-747-5400.
The following statement was released by Kevin
Eckery, a spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of
Sacramento, regarding Coria's charges.
“Fr. Hector Coria, a priest at St. James Parish
in Davis, has been arrested for alleged sexual misconduct with
a minor by the City of Davis Police Department.
“In keeping with diocesan policy, Fr. Coria has
been placed on administrative leave, his faculties have been
withdrawn and he may no longer publicly function as a priest
while this matter is under investigation by local law
enforcement and Davis Police."
The statement reiterates that anyone with additional
information should call police -- especially anyone who may
have been a victim of Coria.