California priest arrested, accused of 30 counts child sex abuse against victim ...

A priest in California has been arrested on 30 counts of suspected child sex abuse involving one child, according to police.  

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office said that Father David Mendoza-Vela, 42, was arrested on 30 counts of suspected child sexual physical abuse that occurred over an 18-month period on March 30. 

Authorities said that the investigation revealed that one child victim had allegedly been abused during the period while Mendoza-Vela was working at St. John's Catholic Church in San Lorenzo, California, between 2016 and 2017, according to a statement posted on Facebook.  

Father David Mendoza-Vela, 42, was arrested on 30 counts of suspected child sexual physical abuse

Authorities said that Mendoza-Vela allegedly abused one child over an 18-month period

Father David Mendoza-Vela, 42, was arrested on 30 counts of suspected child sexual physical abuse against one victim that occurred over an 18-month period in on March 30.

The victim involved in the alleged sexual abuse — which involved 'lewd and lascivious acts' — was 14 and 15 years old during that period, a police spokesperson said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. 

The victim's family was said to have met Mendoza-Vela through his work with the church and became friends with him because he was their Catholic priest. The abuse was said to have occurred at the victim's home in Hayward, California, and in other locations. 

The victim was said to have recently told an adult about the supposed abuse. The adult then told police about it. 

No additional details were provided about the victim or the alleged abuse.   

Mendoza-Vela worked at St. John's Catholic Church from 2013 to 2016, and was then transferred to Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Fremont, California. 

Mendoza-Vela (circled in red outside the Vatican) was working at St. John's Catholic Church in San Lorenzo, California, which is where he befriended the victim and family

Mendoza-Vela (circled in red outside the Vatican) was working at St. John's Catholic Church in San Lorenzo, California, which is where he befriended the victim and family

Mendoza-Vela worked at St. John's Catholic Church from 2013 to 2016.

Mendoza-Vela was then transferred to Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Fremont, California. Police are currently unaware of any victims there

Mendoza-Vela worked at St. John's Catholic Church from 2013 to 2016, and was then transferred to Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Fremont, California. Authorities are

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