Santa Monica News
Priest Arrested In Sexual Battery Case
By Stephen Manning
Jul 31, 2012 - 11:34:52 AM


SANTA MONICA—Police arrested Rafael Venegas, 38, a St. Anne’s Catholic Church and Shrine priest on Monday after allegations of sexual battery were brought against him.


Venegas, who immediately posted bail, has been charged with two misdemeanor offenses, sexual battery, and supplying alcohol to someone under 21.


According to police and Venegas’s attorney, the priest turned himself in at the Santa Monica Police station on Monday after charges were brought against him.


Venegas was arrested in connection with allegations brought by a woman earlier in July.

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