A Plea Agreement Calls for Prison Time for the Priest
August 23, 2019
A Catholic priest at a Fremont church has pleaded no contest to five felony counts of lewd acts upon a child for molesting a boy over an 18-month period in 2016 and 2017, according to court records.
The Rev. Hector David Vela, 42, also known as Hector David Mendoza-Vela, entered his plea in the courtroom of Alameda County Superior Court Judge Thomas Stevens in Dublin on Aug. 16.
In return for his plea, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office agreed to dismiss 25 additional counts of lewd acts upon a child for inappropriately touching the boy in his genital area between June 2016 and December 2017, when the boy was 14 and 15 years old.
The plea agreement calls for Vela to be get a term of four years and eight months in state prison when he's sentenced on Sept. 27.