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Long Beach Priest Sentenced for Sex Crimes

priest-sentencedLONG BEACH (KTLA) — A priest who worked at a Roman Catholic church in Long Beach pleaded no contest Wednesday to sexually groping a 14-year-old girl and two young women.

Father Luis Jose Cuevas, 67, was working at St. Athanasus Church when the alleged attacks happened.

Both women, in their 20s, reported the February 2012 incidents to the archdiocese before filing police reports.

The teen later came forward, saying that in July 2010 Cuevas inappropriately touched “an intimate part” of her body for his sexual arousal.

As part of a plea deal, Cuevas was sentenced to five years felony probation.

The judge also ordered Cuevas to complete a 40-hour community service program and to register as a sex offender.