A former priest convicted twice of sex crimes in California and Texas pleaded guilty Monday to a molestation charge, Texas authorities said.
John Salazar, the subject of a front-page story in The Times, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to the office of the Swisher County attorney.
Salazar, 58, had been accused of abusing a young man who attended the Church of the Holy Spirit in Tulia, Texas, where Salazar served as pastor. Salazar's lawyer did not return a phone call seeking comment.
The case was the fourth time Salazar has faced a criminal charge.
Upon his release, he met Bishop Leroy Matthiesen, who took him to the Diocese of Amarillo over the objections of church officials in L.A. Salazar started at the Tulia parish in 1991 and became a beloved figure in the Texas Panhandle community.
Not long after returning to Texas in 2003, Salazar was accused of sexually assaulting a former parishioner in a hotel room near Dallas. A jury found him guilty, but his conviction was later overturned. He took a plea deal and was released from prison last year.
Salazar is no longer a priest.