Ontario Priest Convicted of Molestation Back in Court

Redlands Daily Facts
May 14, 2012

Rev. Alejandro Castillo, 58.

RANCHO CUCAMONGA - An Ontario priest on Monday denied he violated his probation terms after attending a gathering in his honor in which children were present.

The Rev. Alejandro Castillo, who was found guilty of molesting a 12-year-old boy at his parish and released early from jail on April 21, was back in custody last week for violating the terms of his probation after attending the party, authorities said.

Castillo, who ministered at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Ontario and previously was in Rialto, will have a violation of parole hearing on May 23.

The priest, who was arrested Wednesday by probation authorities, will stay in custody until the hearing.

He denied the charges on Monday in West Valley Superior Court.

Castillo was convicted of committing lewd sexual acts with a 12-year-old boy and sentenced in 2011 to one year in prison. After completing his sentence, he was to register as a sex offender.

The boy said that during overnight stays in late 2008 with Castillo, the priest touched his genitals and forced the boy to touch Castillo's genitals, according to authorities.

No criminal charges were filed in connection with four other alleged victims due to insufficient evidence or because the allegations were too old, authorities said.


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