The boy later told police that his parents let him go to the priest’s house after Perez asked his parents if he could take the boy on a trip to the mountains. The boy said the priest gave him a beer while watching a movie and then told him to go to sleep on an air mattress that was set up on the living room floor. He says that he woke up being fondled by Perez who held a cell phone in the other hand. When the boy pulled up his underwear and tried to leave, he said “Father Angel called to him saying, ‘Come back to bed.'” It was then that he ran off and was pursued by Perez.
Witnesses said that Perez caught the boy as ran ran up to adults seeking help.
One of the men, James Curths, 35, put the boy behind him and said that Perez stood there wearing only what looked like a speedo.
Witnesses said that Perez appeared intoxicated and said “I am very sorry; I made a mistake. I didn’t mean to hurt . . . I am just one who serves in the church, and I have sinned; don’t stop believing in the church.”
Perez was arraigned in Marion County Circuit Court on Tuesday on charges of first-degree sexual abuse, abuse of a child in the display of sexually explicit conduct, furnishing alcohol to a minor and driving under the influence of intoxicants.
This is the factual record where Perez should hope that God will have mercy because he is likely to find little with a jury.