MEXICO CITY Ė A priest was arrested in the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosi on charges that he raped and murdered a student at the Catholic school where he was teaching, sources in the state Attorney Generalís Office told Efe Thursday.
The Rev. Jose Carlos Contreras Rodriguez, 63, was detained by state police in connection with the October 2007 death of 16-year-old Shantal Gonzalez Lopez, the sources said.
The girl was found strangled to death inside a classroom at Salesian high school in San Luis Potosi city, where Contreras was then working as an instructor and administrator.
Coroners determined Gonzalez was sexually assaulted before her death.
Contreras refused to give a statement to authorities, but proclaimed his innocence in comments to the press.
Though the case remained in limbo for a more than a year, a judge decided this week that the evidence was sufficient to warrant the priestís arrest. EFE