Davis priest accused of statutory rape arrested by police

A local Catholic priest was arrested for having sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, the Davis Police Department said.

Rev. Hector Coria, 45, was taken into custody by police after officers served search warrants at multiple locations Friday, police said.

The police department started investigating Coria after they received reports of the sexual abuse in early May. During the investigation, police found that Coria befriended the 17-year-old girl while he was a priest at St. James Parish in late 2013 and began a sexual relationship with the teen, police said.

Coria was booked into Yolo County Jail for statutory rape and oral copulation with a minor.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento spokesperson Kevin Eckery released the following statement in response to Coria's arrest:

"In keeping with diocesan policy, Fr. Coria has been placed on administrative leave, his faculties have been withdrawn and he may no longer publicly function as a priest while this matter is under investigation by local law enforcement and Davis Police."


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