SAN FRANCISCO - The Roman Catholic bishop of Santa Rosa failed to immediately report an admission of child abuse by a priest who has since left the country, authorities said Thursday.
The Rev. Xavier Ochoa was suspended April 28 after admitting an incident of sexual abuse with a 12-year-old boy. Bishop Daniel Walsh didn't notify law enforcement until three days later, giving Ochoa time to flee to Mexico, according to church and law enforcement officials.
The accused was ordained as a Jesuit in Mexico in 1969 and has been a priest in Sonoma County since 1988. His sexual preferences are warped, to say the least.
The boy told sheriff's deputies he often went to Ochoa's apartment across the street from St. Francis Solano Church to do chores. Ochoa reportedly offered the boy $100 for a strip tease.
''While the victim was dancing and taking off his clothes, Ochoa sat on the edge of his bed laughing and throwing marshmallows at the victim; and the victim was trying to catch the marshmallows with his mouth,'' according to court documents.
There are two other charges against Ochoa of molesting teenaged boys. He is the 17th priest from the diocese accused of sexually abusing children.