Priest at Santa Monica church charged with sexual battery


Priest at Santa Monica church charged with sexual battery

July 30, 2012 |  6:43 pm

From the link: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/07/priest-st-anne-church-charged-sexual-battery.html

 

Priest Rafael Venegas was charged by the Santa Monica city attorney’s office with one count of sexual battery and one count of furnishing alcohol to a minor under 21, police said in a statement.

 

A priest at St. Anne Catholic Church in Santa Monica was charged with committing sexual battery against a 20-year-old woman and giving her alcohol, police said Monday evening.

The victim is not a parishioner but reported that she was attacked by Rafael Venegas in September 2011 on the church grounds at 2017 Colorado Ave., the Santa Monica Police Department said.

Venegas was charged by the Santa Monica city attorney’s office with one count of sexual battery and one count of furnishing alcohol to a minor under 21, police said in a statement.

Venegas, accompanied by his attorney, turned himself in Monday to authorities at the Police Department.

He was released from custody after posting $20,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Division 147 at the LAX Courthouse.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Jacob at (310) 458-8460.

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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

Posted on July 31, 2012, in Clergy Abuse, Perverted Priests, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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