SACRAMENTO — A Northern California priest charged with molesting a young girl has spoken for the first time since his 2011 arrest.
The Sacramento Bee reports 33-year-old Rev. Uriel Ojeda testified Monday at a hearing to determine if prosecutors can use in trial the statements he allegedly made to a church secretary and a private investigator.
Ojeda said it never crossed his mind that his discussions about his alleged misconduct might be turned over to police.
No details emerged on exactly what Ojeda said to the two men.
Defense attorneys want the statements excluded on grounds they were a confidential clergy-penitent communication under the state Evidence Code.
Ojeda — former parochial vicar at Our Lady of Mercy parish in Redding — is facing seven counts of molesting a girl under the age of 14.