Hearing Scheduled for Priest in Uvalde

The Express-News
February 8, 1994

UVALDE - A Feb. 18 arraignment has been set for the Rev. Johnny Davila, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, who's facing a charge of indecency with a child, county officials said Monday.

Davila, who was named in the indictment handed up Thursday by a Uvalde County grand jury, was released Friday on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

The Roman Catholic priest is accused of sexual misconduct with a teen-age girl who was a member of his 175-member congregation.

He was placed on administrative leave Dec. 24 after the Archdiocese of San Antonio was informed of an investigation into the allegations by the Uvalde Police Department.

Davila has been a priest since 1984 and was named pastor of Sacred Heart in June 1992. He was associate pastor in Uvalde from 1984 to 1987 and also served at St. James Parish in San Antonio, Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Kenedy and Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Carrizo Springs.

Davila was indicted one day after the Rev. Carlos Lozano, dean of men at the St. Anthony's High School Seminary in San Antonio, was indicted by a Bexar County grand jury on allegations of indecency and sexual assault of four boys at the seminary.priests crime crimes sex hearings assaults abuse

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