Thursday, April 7, 2011

Priest arraigned
Judge orders priest to trial
Castillo, 57, accused of molesting boy
Will Bigham, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/06/2011 08:30:24 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA - After testimony Tuesday during a preliminary hearing, a judge ruled that prosecutors have enough evidence for a priest's molestation case to proceed to trial.
Alejandro Castillo, the 57-year-old former pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Ontario, is accused of molesting a then-12-year-old parishioner in 2008.

Judge Colin J. Bilash ruled Tuesday that Castillo must stand trial on eight counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts with a child. One of the counts alleges the sexual contact was forcible, Deputy District Attorney Karen Schmauss said.

The judge's ruling in West Valley Superior Court came after testimony from Ontario police Detective Mark Guski.

Castillo, called "Father Alex" by parishioners, is accused of molesting the boy at the church between October and December 2008.

Schmauss said Castillo offered to let the boy to spend the night at the church while he was playing soccer in Ontario. The boy, who is now 15, lives outside the city, Schmauss said.

Castillo was arrested Oct. 25, at a parishioner's home in the 600 block of West Zenia Court in Ontario. Police began investigating the abuse allegations in July.

Castillo, who worked at the church for seven years before his arrest, remains free on $300,000 bail. He is next due in court April 28.

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