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Priest who pleaded guilty to fondling boy will be deported from Mississippi

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BILOXI, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Biloxi has pleaded guilty to fondling a boy.
           
The Rev. Jose Vazquez pleaded Monday before Jones County Circuit Judge Dal Williamson in Laurel.
           
Williamson sentenced Vazquez to 10 years in state prison, followed by deportation to his home country of Mexico. Another five years of the sentence are suspended.
           
Vazquez was arrested in September after the father of a 12-year-old boy reported inappropriate behavior between his son and the priest.
           
At the time of his arrest, Vazquez pastored churches in Wiggins and Lucedale. Before then, he was a priest in Laurel and Hattiesburg.
           
The Diocese of Biloxi says Vazquez has been removed from ministry, but spokesman Terry Dixon refuses to comment when asked if Vazquez has been removed from the priesthood.

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