David Mendoza-Vela, a priest in the Catholic Diocese of Oakland, California, is charged with 30 cases of suspected physical children
Alameda County, Calif., Sheriff's Office
Hector David Mendoza-Vela, 42, administrator of the parish in the Catholic Church Corpus Christi in Fremont, was detained in a prisons in the Alameda County, worth $ 900,000. the prosecution on Tuesday. Ray Kelly said on Sunday that Mendoza-Vela was booked on Friday for 30 counts of suspicion of abuse of one child for a period of 18 months starting in 2016 when Mendoza-Vela worked at the Catholic Church of St John in San Lorenzo. Kelly said the investigators knew about other cases in San Lorenzo related to Mendoza-Vela, and no cases in Fremont.
Eparchial records show that Mendoza-Vela emigrated to the United States from El Salvador in 2008 and studied at the Seminary of St.
Michael Barber, Bishop of Auckland, said in a letter to the parishioners that Mendoza-Vela was immediately suspended from the investigation.
"While we do not have all the details, the behavior is in clear violation of the Code of Conduct of the Diocese and of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People," Barber said, according to the Diocese's policy statement that he would have no further comments .