Priest of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Fremont arrested for child sex abuse
FREMONT, Calif. (KGO) -- It wasn't the news parishioners at St. John's Catholic Church in San Lorenzo wanted to hear. Their former priest, Father David Mendoza-Vela was arrested on 30 counts of Lewd acts with a child on Thursday.
Some couldn't believe it.
"He's a priest, he's a good priest," one unidentified parishioner said.
Alameda County Sheriff's Department officials say the alleged abuse began in 2016 over an 18 month period at St. John's Church and involved one child.
Parents at St. John's school recently got a letter notifying them about the arrest.
Father Vela was transferred to Corpus Christi Church in Fremont in 2016. Parishioners learned about the arrest at Sunday mass.
"Our feelings are confused, we didn't know anything about it," said parishioner Sandra Espinoza.
Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused By Priests or SNAP, stood outside Corpus Christi Church, handing out flyers with information about the arrest. Joey Piscitelli fears there could be more victims.
"We're urging any kid or anybody who knows a kid moleste.