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Priest Charged In Child Sex Case Ordered To Stand Trial

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SAN BERNARDINO (AP) — A Southern California priest has been ordered to stand trial on felony charges he had sex with a 12-year-old boy.

A San Bernardino County judge ruled after a preliminary hearing on Tuesday that there was enough evidence to try the Rev. Alejandro Jose Castillo. He is charged with seven counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under age 14 and one count of forcible lewd and lascivious acts with a child under age 14.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports Castillo will be arraigned on April 28.

Prosecutors say he was pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Ontario when he molested the boy in late 2008 but has been removed.

Parishioners affiliated with the Coalition to Exonerate Fr. Alex raised $24,000 to bail Castillo out of jail.

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