SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A Catholic priest from Redding was arraigned Friday on seven charges of child molestation involving a 14-year-old girl.

The Rev. Uriel Ojeda appeared in Sacramento County Superior Court. He did not enter a plea. The courtroom was packed with his supporters. They prayed for him before he entered the courtroom and several cried when they saw him enter in handcuffs, reports CBS13’s Maria Medina.

The 32-year-old priest has been a parochial vicar at Our Lady of Mercy parish in Redding since 2009. Before that, he served at a parish in Woodland, and that’s where he got to know the young girl. She came forward to the church with the allegations earlier this week.

“He’s a very, very nice person so hopefully this is just false accusations,” supporter Santos Jaurudei said at the courthouse. “Every time he was involved with kids he was always a good person.”

The charges filed Friday accuse Ojeda of lewd and lascivious acts with a 14-year-old girl on four different dates in 2007 and 2009. He’s accused of molesting the girl in Sacramento in her bedroom, a bathroom and swimming pool between June 2007 and August 2009, according to court documents. The girl is now 16.

Sacramento police arrested Ojeda on Wednesday and the Sacramento Diocese announced news of the arrest Thursday.

Ojeda’s attorney, Jesse Ortiz, asked people not to make judgments until the facts of the case are known. He called Ojeda “a good man who has dedicated his life to helping others.

“I just ask for everybody to slow down a little bit, not rush to judgment, make sure we know everything before we make any judgments against him,” said Ortiz, who met Ojeda through the church.

Ojeda is being held at the Sacramento County Main Jail. Bail was set at $5 million, but Ortiz is expected to push to have it lowered.

Comments (21)
  1. Killshot says:

    If he was not a priest, he would have been immediately arrested. But, because he is, he was “transferred” to another church. I find it very disturbing that, first he even has supporters, and secondly that they are justifying his behavior. One supporter had said “we are praying for him though these hard times and hope he gets through this.” Really? Again, forget about the victim of this horrific crime. Let’s worry more about the wolf in sheep’s clothing. Unbelievable!!

    1. Hey Stupid... says:

      You really should read the entire article before posting. He was transferred BEFORE allegations were known. A regular transfer for any priest.
      And the Bishop of the area upon finding out, immediately reported him to the police. So, they are not forgetting about the victim!
      Sheesh. ASSUME why don’t ya?

      1. OD CLARK says:

        Wow – you really don’t have a clur when it comes to minimizing the victims who where raped at the age of 14. Did you see that “FOURTEEN” that’s 1 + a 4 = 14. It is illegal for an adult over the age of 18 to have sex with any CHILDREN! What part don’t YOU understand?!

        Why is it so hard for catholic parishioners to grasp the concept that the RCC is a haven for pederasts and rapists. Yes – it was rape. Because a 14 year old cannot give consent to an adult. Get it?! So it is the adult – in this case a degenerate priest that uses his position of power to control someone – a defenseless 14 year old. Maybe that is his mentality and he cannot control an adult woman or man. When will you people quit protecting the abuser and learn to pray for the abused? Probably never because they tell you sit, stand, kneel, pray, silence, etc., and you conform -how sad.

    2. Two Tacos says:

      And to think..This is the Normal thing going on in Mexico.

  2. Michael Gene says:

    After all the stories about child abuse, what kind of idiot parents leave their kid alone with a catholic priest?

    1. Ants says:

      The same parents who go to a trial to support a molester, pray for him beforehand, and cry when they see the “poor man” in cuffs

      1. OD CLARK says:

        OUTSTANDING – Exactly and right on! Bravo for your comment!!! Pederast and rapists should not wear priestly dresses and fish-head looking hats made of gold. Our Bishop is so despised he has four – 4 – FULL TIME body guards, a bulletproof Cadillac SUV and he installed bullet proof glass on the entire diocesan building – all at the cost to the PARISHIONERS! Now that is freaking funny!!! Millions spent on security of not a bishop – but a bug.

  3. AgnesH says:

    How can you state “horrific crime”? Were you there by the way?? Do you KNOW for a fact what happened?I imagine you know nothing more than the rest of us! The court system throws people under spotlights and TV BEFORE they even know anything about the case themselves! People like you open their mouth and talk talk talk their hag’s mouth without even knowing what they are talking about! And THEN, justice system finds out the victim is not credible and blablabla (i.e Strauss Khann) In the meantime, what if it is an honest guy that you are trashing that way? SERIOUSLY? This is happening everyday and you still don’t get it? What is wrong with you people? Let the press do the talking let them be right or be ridiculous once we really find out!

    1. Ants says:

      Were YOU there? None of us were. If the allegations are true then, yes, it was a horrific crime. Not necessarily because of the age of the victim but because of the position of authority/trust that the priest was in.

      If the allegations are unfounded then, yeah, “sucks for him”. But how would you change that? Should there be no cameras allowed when someone is arrested? No public photos/names unless there’s a conviction? Sorry, laws in this country allow for (mostly) free flow of such information. It is our duty as citizens to give someone the benefit of the doubt until a conviction.

      Sadly, these Catholic priest molestation are far too common so it’s very easy for most of us to immediately jump to the ‘guilty’ conclusion

      1. AgnesH says:

        Well, I wasn’t there, that is why I really think it is not very bright to trash anybody before FACTS are known! And “sucks for him” is the VERY LEAST that can be said if this guy is innocent!
        Do you think of the parents of the persons you guys are trashing like that? What if it was your brother, sister, son or daughter wrongly charged then released but held up for public humiliation for MONTHS? Would you like to be the sister of a person who has been trashed like that & to be going to a job interview because you desperately NEED a job to feed your family?
        Is that your idea of the”benefit of the doubt” SERIOUSLY?
        As far as I know I have never seen ANY of the brilliant minds who have made horrific comments, having the honesty (not to say the b***) of coming back on the very same page once the person has been released to write ” I apologize to the person and his family because I said that & I was being a freaking damn idiot since I was having no proof supporting my rasoning when I wrote this!”
        I was raised in Europe & left Catholicism for THIS specific reason (sadly I had to witness that in my own Catholic school). It should be even easier for me than for you to jump to this kind of conclusion. But man! Are you guys not seeing that WAY TOO OFTEN in this country someone (teacher, priest, cop, etc) is being charged & badly trashed and then cops find out the “victim” was not a victim but a disturbed teenager wanting to set up just any authority figure?
        Why do you think this kind of thing is all over the medias? Not because it is information (what REAL information there is in this?) BUT because it attracts audience hence money from advertisers!
        THINK and LEARN how to be thoughtful citizens instead of swallowing whatever is on TV like the absolute truth!

    2. Dr. OD CLARK says:

      Wow – you really don’t have a clue when it comes to minimizing the victims who where raped at the age of 14. Did you see that “FOURTEEN” that’s 1 + a 4 = 14. It is illegal for an adult over the age of 18 to have sex with any CHILDREN! What part don’t YOU understand?!

      Why is it so hard for catholic parishioners to grasp the concept that the RCC is a haven for pederasts and rapists. Yes – it was rape. Because a 14 year old cannot give consent to an adult. Get it?! So it is the adult – in this case a degenerate priest that uses his position of power to control someone – a defenseless 14 year old. Maybe that is his mentality and he cannot control an adult woman or man. When will you people quit protecting the abuser and learn to pray for the abused? Probably never because they tell you sit, stand, kneel, pray, silence, etc., and you conform -how sad.

  4. Ants says:

    Had you bothered to do any research before you posted you would have found that Catholic church molestations are more common in the United States than any other country. By a ratio of almost 12:1 when compared to Mexico

    1. AgnesH says:

      So what? Since he is a priest and he is latino he is mandatorily guilty? Since statistics are saying it, It means that YOU KNOW FOR A FACT HE IS GUILTY? Remove the blinders for a minute and try to think… How about arresting them ALL then and throwing them ALL to jail before they do anything bad?
      So it is acceptable to arrest someone based on the fact that his community is statistically doing this or that….?
      Same thing for the rest of stereotypes then No blondes allowed in college since all blondes are idiot, No shower allowed in the house of people with a French descent since all French are dirty, No driving license for women since no matter what, they don’t know how to drive a car, All pet prohibited for asiats since asian people would eat cats & dogs, blablablabla… What else?This is discrimination and libel BOTH are against the law in this country! I hope you don’t belong to such a tagged minority while holding such statments…

  5. rmcsticks says:

    you can remove my comments but the fact remains , he is a POS and should be put to death….. have a nice day

  6. Dr. OD CLARK says:

    Agnes H is romanticizing this RAPE as some type of “love affair” because it was a young girl and a somewhat young and handsome Latino priest – maybe she wishes it happened to her as a child or maybe her own daughter? I bet you she would think differently if it was her daughter or child that this suave priest RAPED!
    AgnesH – my Mother told me never to argue with a fool – so I stop here…

  7. Dr. OD CLARK says:

    .
    AgnesH commented the following diarrhea …YOU KNOW FOR A FACT HE IS GUILTY? Remove the blinders for a minute and try to think… ”
    trying to think Agnes – I think you have two brain cells and they won’t even talk to each other!

    “i REALLY LIKE YOUR IGNORANT COMMENT “i WASN’T THERE SO I’M NOT
    GOING TO JUDGE” …BLAH BLAH BLAH DRIBBLE DRIBBLE DRIBBLE DRIBBLE BLAH BLAH BLAH…..BUT

    I will defend the honor of the accused rapist of a 14 year old CHILD <——–see the word CHILD…the RAPE OF A CHILD

    That is what you are defending!

  8. JB says:

    It is a shame to hear any of this, of any priest sexually abused a 14 year old child. I was shocked seeing people praying for this priest. What about for the victim in this case. He had no business even being in her bedroom or swimming pool, and the people that are worshipping this priest should be shame of yourself. YES. We dont have all of the facts, but the church felt what was right, this priest must have confined to the church, so the church did the right thing that needed to be done.

    1. Myself says:

      It seems that none of you has EVER witnessed anybody being wrongly accused of something he/she NEVER did! WHO on here opening his mouth so loud and listening to his own delirium, ACTUALLY HAS PROOF that this guy is ACTUALLY guilty? I mean, has ANY of you, seen or heard about ONE PROOF :you know these things being called; Proofs, exhibits, DNA, Testimony on which intelligent people are relying to establish that someone is actually GUILTY? Of course I am talking about INTELLIGENT people, not ignorants who are talking talking talking and talking so loud that they cannot even THINK RATIONALLY to a point that they don’t even make the difference between rape & molestation! Nobody discusses the fact that rape is an horrific crime but it is NOT the point!
      IF there was BLUNT PROOFS that this priest has actually raped this poor girl, this dude would already be sentenced, a judge would have thrown him in jail and there would be no bail no nothing!
      Judges and prosecutors seem to be way above the level of what I’m reading on here! Might be related to IQ…..
      As for “Dr” HAHAHA! if Doctor you were, you would have learned long ago that all RATIONAL THINKING moves forward based on PROOFS NOT on Irrational BELIEFS! I think it is something that any college student learns in their first year….

  9. JB says:

    Now i wont belittled anyone on this sight, everyone has their own opion, but for my understanding last week he did admit to his wrong doing.

  10. JB says:

    Now i wont belittled anyone on this sight, everyone has their own opion, but for my understanding last week he did admit to his wrong doing to the diocesean..for everyone bashing others for thier opion. Stop..this is the work of the devil.we need to pray for all the victims here, the 14 year old, the parents, and the priest for any temptations that might have occured.

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