Former Long Beach Priest Sentenced for Sex Crimes


Former Long Beach Priest Sentenced for Sex Crimes

Church members were in court Wednesday to support Luis Jose Cuevas, who served in North Long Beach for seven years before his July 2012 arrest

By Jonathan Lloyd and Toni Guinyard|  Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013  |  Updated 12:01 PM PST

From the link: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Long-Beach-Priest-Sex-Assault-Lewd-Acts-Sentence-188050761.html

A former Long Beach priest who entered a plea of no contest to sexual assault charges — including lewd acts involving a child — was sentenced Wednesday and ordered to register as a sex offender.

Luis Jose Cuevas, 68, who served the North Long Beach Catholic community for seven years, entered the no-contest plea in December. He was charged with eight misdemeanor counts of sex assault involving two women and one felony count of a lewd acts involving a child.

The girl, 17, accused the priest of repeatedly groping her at the church during a period of two years.

He was sentenced to five years felony probation, 40 hours of community service and one year of offender counseling. He also must register as a sex offender.

“This is a 68-year-old gentleman who is now facing the last third of his life,” said defense attorney George Bird Jr. “What is he going to now do?”

He was prohibited from being alone with anyone under 19 years of age, unless accompanied by the child’s biological or adoptive parent

He was prohibited from being alone with anyone under 19 years of age, unless accompanied by the child’s biological or adoptive parent.

Cuevas was a parish priest at Athanasious Catholic Church. He was arrested in July 2012.

“I know what he did with the community of the church,” said Martha Montes, a parishioner. “I believe in my heart that he’s innocent.”

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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 January 27, 2013, in Child Sex Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse, Pope Benedict, Priest Child Sex Abuse, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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