Catholic priest Alejandro Jose Castillo pleaded guilty to one count of committing a lewd act on a child. He will face one year in prison. He made the plea to escape a possible 20 year prison sentence. I’m happy to see this conviction. He supporters are vocal, aggressive and abusive. It’s about time they shut up and pay attention to the victim.
His plea Monday at West Valley Superior Court is part of a plea agreement with prosecutors that carries a sentence of a year in county jail and requires that he register as a sex offender.
Castillo had been charged with eight felony counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts two years ago with a 12-year-old boy. Prosecutors dropped seven of the charges as part of the agreement.
The former pastor, who has also served as a priest in Rialto and San Bernardino, will be back in court June 16 for his sentencing. He is expected to begin serving his year-long jail sentence following his court appearance.