Nipomo priest gets probation after pleading no contest to groping at Pirates Cove
A Nipomo priest was sentenced to three years probation this morning after he pleaded no contest to committing sex crimes near the Pirates Cove nude beach.
The Rev. Geronimo Enrique Cuevas, 52, must also complete 40 hours of community work service and an AIDS education class, Deputy District Attorney Craig VanRooyen said. He must also stay away from Pirates Cove.
Cuevas pleaded no contest to engaging in lewd conduct and soliciting another to engage in lewd conduction, both misdemeanors.
Cuevas, who is a priest at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, was placed on administrative leave after he was arrested July 18 after he reportedly groped a male Sheriff's deputy.
The Diocese of Monterey was preparing a statement in response to the plea this afternoon.
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