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8/14/2012 9:38:00 AM
Local priest arrested for sex abuse; makes first court appearance
Fr. Angel Perez
Fr. Angel Perez

WOODBURN — Father Angel Armando Perez, pastor of St. Luke Parish here, made his first court appearance on Tuesday in a case involving allegations of sexual abuse, use of a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct and furnishing alcohol to a minor.

He was arrested early Monday after police responded to a complaint at about 1:30 a.m. Monday alleging inappropriate contact between the priest and a 12-year-old boy. The priest also faces a charge of driving under the influence.

The allegations involving the boy stem from an incident on Sunday in which the priest is accused of touching the boy inappropriately. The drunken driving allegation is from Father Perez' admission that he drove intoxicated from Woodburn to Salem to the boy's home to apologize.

The Woodburn Police Department says the child was sleeping over at Perez' house and awakened to find Perez touching him. Documents say the priest had a cell phone in one hand, and the boy was awakened by flashes that he believed were from the cell phone's camera.

In Tuesday's court appearance, the priest appeared via video from the Marion County Jail during the 10-minute court session and listened to attorneys discussing scheduling of additional hearings.

A release hearing, to consider bail for the priest, was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Aug. 20. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Aug. 22.

The judge also confirmed that on request of the victim, there would be no cameras allowed during courtroom proceedings in the case. The judge also ordered that there be no contact between the priest and the youth.



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