A former Roman Catholic priest has been sentenced to eight years in prison for molesting two teenage brothers more than a decade ago.
Carlos Rene Rodriguez, 48, could have received more than 10 years on Friday, but prosecutors in Ventura, California, recommended a lesser penalty because his guilty plea last month spared his victims from having to give evidence.
Rodriguez “betrayed God and his role to society,” Ventura County prosecutor Anthony Wold said. “There are no words to describe him.”
Rodriguez stared toward the floor, crying occasionally as his lawyer shielded him from the audience.
“Mr Rodriguez, I believe, is profoundly sorry for the pain he has caused,” defence lawyer James Farley told the judge.
Most of the incidents occurred at the boys’ home between 1988 and 1993, authorities said. The victims were 13 and 14 when the incidents began.
Rodriguez was relieved of his clerical duties in 1993.
At sentencing, Rodriguez also was ordered to undergo an HIV test and give the results to the victims, and register for life as a sex offender.