SACRAMENTO, Calif. -

A former Redding priest was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday, after pleading no contest to molesting a minor.

Uriel Ojeda, 33, entered the plea in a Sacramento County Courtroom almost a month ago.

Ojeda admitted to serious sexual misconduct with a 13-year-old girl.

In exchange for the plea, six other counts, all involving the same girl, were dropped.

He could have faced a 20-year sentence if convicted on all counts.