A priest visiting from Colombia was arrested Sunday on suspicion of sexual battery and molestation of a teenage girl in Yuba City.
Julio Cesar Guarin-Sosa, 43, was taken into custody at the Lodi Police Department and was booked into Sutter County Jail the next day on the two charges, along with an immigration hold. His bail was set at $250,000.
Yuba City police said Guarin-Sosa was in town on Friday to perform mass at a private home, when he came in contact with the 16-year-old. It’s alleged that he had inappropriate contact with her during that visit, according to police spokeswoman Shawna Pavey.
The incident was reported to authorities on Saturday.
Pavey said police are looking into the extent of the family’s relationship with Guarin-Sosa, but officials believe he was invited by the family to do the mass.
“As a result of the charges, Father Guarin’s permission to exercise ministry in the Diocese of Stockton has been revoked. His diocese in Colombia has been informed,” a news release from the Diocese of Stockton stated.
The Diocese of Stockton said the priest was helping out at St. Anne’s Parish in Lodi.
Guarin-Sosa was to be arraigned Tuesday in Sutter County Superior Court.
This story was written by staff at the Marysville Appeal-Democrat.