Rafael Venegas, St. Anne's Santa Monica Priest, Investigated For Sex Crime
davynin / Flickr
Santa Monica police today said they're checking out a local priest after a woman came forward and alleged he sexually assaulted her.
If so (and, for the record, it ain't so, at least not yet), it wouldn't be too surprising. Church and the Tiki theater in Hollywood, apparently, are where all the sex crimes go down these days.
The man of the cloth under scrutiny was named as Rafael Venegas. He works at ...
... St. Anne's Church, 2017 Colorado Ave.
View Larger Map
Los Angeles Angels vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
TicketsThu., Mar. 30, 7:07pm
Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers - Verified Resale Tickets
TicketsSat., Apr. 1, 12:30pm
Los Angeles D-Fenders
TicketsSat., Apr. 1, 6:30pm
Los Angeles Lakers v Memphis Grizzlies - Verified Resale Tickets
TicketsSun., Apr. 2, 12:30pm
On July 1, the victim contacted cops to tell them the priest allegedly committed sexual battery on her at the church in September. She was an adult at the time (and female -- unusual for this sort of thing), according to Santa Monica police.
The woman is not a parishioner there, cops said.
Venegas has not been arrested. Here's the thing. Detectives are sniffing this out. They want anyone who might have similar allegations to call police at 310-458-8495.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Los Angeles, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.