Davis priest arrested for alleged sexual abuse of teen

May 11, 2014

DAVIS, Calif. —

A priest who works at a Catholic church in Davis has been arrested after allegations that he sexually abused a 17-year-old girl, according to police.

The Davis Police Department said an investigation started earlier this month into reports that the suspect, 45-year-old Fr. Hector Coria, had engaged in a sexual relationship on multiple occasions with the teen girl.

Coria, who works at St. James Parish in Davis, had befriended the girl last year, police said. In late 2013, Coria began a sexual relationship with the minor and engaged in that relationship multiple times since then.

On Friday, Davis police served search warrants at multiple locations and subsequently arrested Coria on charges of statutory rape and oral copulation with a minor.

Coria was booked into the Yolo County Jail.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento subsequently released a statement that Coria has been placed on administrative leave after the arrest.

Diocese spokesperson Kevin Eckery issued the statement that additionally stated the Diocese was fully cooperating with police and that Coria's "faculties have been withdrawn and he may no longer publicly function as a priest while this matter is under investigation by local law enforcement and Davis Police."

If anyone has additional information regarding this crime or other victims, they are urged to contact the Davis Police Department at 530-747-5400.



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