Man Confesses to Molesting a Boy in a Midland Church

By Jen Kastner
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- A man confessed to molesting a boy inside a Midland catholic church last May. He is in custody and an investigation is underway.

According to a report taken under oath, 26 year-old William Velasquez admits he performed oral sex on and fondled the genitals of a boy who is only six years old.

The affidavit reports that the alleged incident happened at St. Stephen's Catholic Church in west Midland.

The report states the boy told police that Velasquez took the boy to a separate room where he then proceeded to molest him.

It was also reported that Velasquez is an altar-server, which is essentially an altar boy.

Just last Friday, the six year old reportedly told the Church about the incident. Police were called out to the man's home, where they then took him in for questioning. Velasquez admitted the sexual encounter was true. He was then arrested and is currently being held in the Midland County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.

Mike Wyse is the Chancellor of Diocese of San Angelo. He says, "Something like this is a lot like your home being invaded and someone assaults one of your family members and at first you're shocked and you're sad and you might even be a little angry."

The Bishop of San Angelo issued a statement to NewsWest 9 on Friday night saying he is saddened by the news and will work will police on their investigation. He claims the man was never employed by the church, nor did he ever serve there.

The Diocese told NewsWest 9 on Saturday that the man only occasionally stepped in as an altar server when the help was needed. They say he is not a registered member of St. Stephens Catholic Church.

At Velasquez's home, his mother answered the door, but preferred not to comment. Nobody at the Church would talk, but outside, the community was buzzing.

Stephanie Glenn lives in Midland. She says, "I have a little boy. You never know who's coming in and what they're going to do and for that to happen at a church is...Wow."

Dana Stewart lives in Colorado City, but visits Midland often. She says, "It happens in other vocations and in other religions. It's not just the Catholic religion. You have school teachers [doing it]. It's just out there."

The Diocese says they're doing what they can to make sure this does not happen again.

"What we're doing is we're reassessing our own procedures and safety protocols," Wyse said.

Velasquez is charged with sexual assault of a child.