A Catholic priest with a past got removed from his church in Selma this weekend over a story of sex, drugs, and weapons.
“You don’t expect a priest to be packed, to have those type of weapons,” said legal analyst Ralph Torres.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno got a restraining order to protect church employees — all the way up to Bishop Joseph Brennan — from one of their own priests.
Father Guadalupe Rios still has his name on the church marquee at St. Joseph’s Church in Selma, but the man himself is not allowed within 100 yards of the property.
Several parishioners told us they knew Rios was either in a gang or affiliated with one, as the diocese mentioned in their application for a restraining order against him.
Parishioners have also seen social media photos of Rios with an AK-47 or an AR-556 or a .357 Magnum.
So they were afraid to be interviewed….
Action News also found court records showing Rios was convicted of a 2016 DUI with a blood alcohol content of .19 — more than twice the legal limit for drivers.
In her declaration in support of the restraining order, the church secretary said he was habitually under the influence of marijuana and alcohol, which would make him suicidal.
In February, he even pointed his gun at her and threatened them both.
“Mr. Rios and I were in his Rectory when he put a gun to his head in front of me,” she wrote in her declaration. “As I started to cry in shock, I asked him what he was doing and he said to me. ‘Either I’m going to die or you are or we both are.’ Due to his past as a gang member and the gangster friends he hangs out with, I’m afraid for my safety and for my family. His guns are accessible and since he threatened me before with killing me, I’m afraid when he finds out about the Diocese knowing the truth about him, he would come after me in retaliation against me….”
The above comes from a Nov. 2 story on ABC30 Action News TV.