Priest Told to Return for Hearing in Abuse Case

From Staff and Wire Reports

A Roman Catholic priest who pleaded not guilty to charges that he molested two teenage boys in the 1960s was ordered to return to court July 9 for a pretrial hearing.

The Rev. Peter Luque, who worked at parishes in Corona, Riverside, Colton and San Bernardino for four decades, pleaded not guilty to 12 felony counts of performing lewd acts on a child, sodomy and oral copulation.

Luque, who appeared before Superior Court Commissioner Joseph Petrasek on Thursday, remained free on his own recognizance.