April 02, 2006

Priest charged with rape makes bail, won't talk

Mercury News

By Patrick May
Mercury News
The Rev. Rolando ``Randy'' Benas, the priest from Saratoga's Sacred Heart Parish arrested last week on rape charges, has bailed out of Santa Clara County Jail, officials said Saturday.

Benas, 45, had been held on $200,000 bail after his arrest for the alleged assault early Tuesday of an Oregon woman he had counseled over the phone the past year. Police said the rape occurred in a Sunnyvale motel room where the woman had stopped during a trip to San Diego. Benas, who faces up to eight years in prison, is expected to be arraigned this week.

Posted by kshaw at April 2, 2006 09:54 AM