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*Salinas Priest, Antonio Cortes Arrested for Alleged Unlawful Sex with a Minor

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A 41-year-old priest from a Catholic church in Salinas was arrested Thursday evening for alleged unlawful sexual behavior with a minor and providing alcohol to a minor, Salinas police Commander Dino Bardoni said today.  Antonio Cortes, the pastor of Saint Mary of the Nativity Catholic Church was arrested at about 5 p.m. at the church rectory at 1702 Second Ave., according to police. Bardoni said the victim, a teenage boy, reported the unlawful behavior, with the most recent incident allegedly happening earlier this week on church property. Cortes was arrested without incident and booked at Monterey County Jail with bail set at $750,000, according to police. The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Lalo Villegas at (831) 758-7348, Detective Luis Bravo at (831) 758-7124, the Salinas Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (831) 775-4222, or WE TIP at (800) 78-CRIME. The Diocese of Monterey is cooperating with the investigation, and can be contacted by calling Warren Hoy at (831) 333-6874.

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  • You have to hide all the time why? cuz u dont have the gutts to say the truth!!! If ur doing this 4 the money dude ur loseing ur time money ant everything in the world!!!… oh and how you said that name i made it up 2… wat other things havent you made up???

  • im the victim i can’t say my name, i just want to tell you that this is not a easy problem, im not asking you to believe me im just asking you to remember that every person can make mistakes and that not only because he is a priest he is perfect. he is human and more than a priest he was my bestfriend so just think it in the way that only me and him knows what happened and that if human justice dont do anything god justice is going to do it.

  • Well we all dont now wat really happend but we should first find more about that victum. and i have done some research and i believe that he is saing the truth. i just want to tell the victum that i will always be here for him. and hope we can all help in some way.

  • we are all humans and not only because he is a priest it means that he is inocent, we need to start showing that kind of people that they are not right and that they need help, i’m not in favor about judgging the hole church for a person’s errors but don’t think that he is pure and that he don’t do mistakes he is human

  • You need to realize that the staggering statistics of rape and abuse
    do lean in the favor of the plaintiff…it is VERY hard for a victim to
    come forward and tell an authority or parent. You are very naive to
    think that “this priest” was the victim.

  • I infact know this priest and he has never broken laws this was all a plan not real. Many people around here did not at all like him that is why they organized this plan. I mean really a priest working for so many years doing that, think of it makes no sense of molesting a teen.

  • Kathrine I understand your concern. We must all remember that this man is innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. It is only small minded people that would paint all Catholic priests with the same brush. We have reported on many similar cases involving protestant ministers, school teachers, children’s sport coaches and even the victim’s trusted family members. As a matter of fact, the alleged killer of little Sandra Cantu in Tracy was a protestant Sunday school teacher. Only a moron would draw any connection between their criminal acts and their religion. The common denominator is that the alleged suspects were in a trusted position of authority over their victims.

  • I understand that this Priest has allegedly commited a crime but I do not think it is fair to specifically say it was a Catholic Priest. Catholics already get a hard time from the previous charges on Priests, and it causes people to feel like the church is all wrong. That is not the case, not all Priests are like that.

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