Former Priest's Sex Abuse Trial Set for Aug. 27

The Necn
June 19, 2013

TULIA, Texas (AP) — A West Texas judge has set ground rules in a sex abuse case against a former Roman Catholic priest who served 11 years in Texas -- despite a child molestation conviction in California.

The judge Wednesday told attorneys for both sides how proceedings will go in John Anthony Salazar's case.

He's pleaded not guilty to indecency with a child in connection with a 2001 Texas incident. He declined to comment.

The trial is scheduled for Aug. 27.

In 1987 Salazar pleaded guilty in Los Angeles to molesting two altar boys. He served about half of a six-year sentence in California before the Diocese of Amarillo hired him to lead a Tulia church.

Salazar was convicted of sexual assault of a man in Texas in 2005. An appeals court overturned it.


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