Long Beach priest charged with sex assault on two women, girl
LONG BEACH — A catholic priest from a Long Beach church was arrested this week on suspicion of sexually assaulting two women and a teenage girl, police announced Tuesday.
Father Luis Jose Cuevas, a parish priest at St. Athanasius Catholic Church, 5390 Linden Ave., is facing nine counts of sexual assault following accusations from three alleged victims, said Long Beach Police Sgt. Aaron Eaton.
Police believe there may be more possible victims and are asking anyone with information to come forward.
Eaton said that in April two women accused Cuevas of sexual battery. Both women initially reported the incidents to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and then filed a police report.
As police were investigating the allegations, a 17-year-old girl came forward and accused Cuevas of repeated incidents of inappropriate touching over a two-year period, Eaton said.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office on Thursday filed eight misdemeanor charges plus one felony count involving lewd acts with a child.
Authorities arrested Cuevas in the city of San Jacinto, Mexico, on Mo...
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
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