Fremont Catholic priest sentenced to 5 years in prison for child molestation

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FREMONT (KRON) – A Catholic priest at a Fremont church will spend close to five years in state prison on molestation charges.

Father Hector Mendoza-Vela is accused of molesting a boy in Hayward over an 18-month period in 2016 and 2017.

Investigators arrested him in March.

Vela made a plea deal in August.

In addition to the prison term, the agreement calls for Vela to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and to stay away from the victim for 10 years.

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