Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Pastor convicted

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/03/14/national/main20043167.shtml
Pastor convicted of molesting teen parishioner
Jury convicts pastor of California church of molesting 14-year-old female parishioner
Philadelphia Archdiocese suspends 21 priests

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia suspended 21 priests after allegations of child sex abuse. Elaine Quijano reports.

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.(AP) SANTA ANA, Calif. - A pastor at the Apostolic Christian Church in San Clemente has been convicted of molesting a 14-year-old female parishioner.


A jury found Ricardo Avalos Maffey guilty Monday of five felony counts of lewd acts upon a child and one felony count of contacting a minor with the intent to engage in child molestation. He faces a maximum sentence of six years in state prison at his sentencing scheduled for April 15.

Maffey met the teen, whose name is not being released, while he was a pastor and the victim was a volunteer at the church office. Between May and August 2008, prosecutors say he kissed and touched the girl and sent her numerous e-mails. The victim's mother discovered some of the messages and contacted the church who contacted police.

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