The church was named the countries ‘fastest growing church’ in 2011 by Outreach Magazine.
But Pastor Geronimo Scott Aguilar of the popular Richmond Outreach Center in South Richmond has been charged with aggravated sexual battery of a child under 14 in Tarrant County Texas.
The Fort Worth arrest warrant has shown up on the national crime information center database. Recently, a Fort Worth Police Department confirmed to CBS 6 that the 43-year-old Aguilar was being investigated for alleged sexual abuses.
His Richmond attorney, David Carlson, said Aguilar was previously cleared by Texas investigators when two girls initially made the charges in late 1990s.
“Seventeen or so years later, these things have resurfaced, for whatever reasons,” said David Carlson, Aguilar’s attorney. “They’ve decided to proceed with an ex parte investigation. By ex parte, they have listened to one side of the story and have not even afforded him the opportunity to have any input.”
Aguilar has been the target of a Facebook campaign alleging improprieties with girls in this area. Richmond police confirmed recently that they investigated an allegation against Aguilar a year ago, but no charges were filed.
And WRIC.com is reporting that the churches Executive Pastor has been arrested and charged with making threats to news story sources.
The major part of the story here that caught my eye is that investigators have, at least according to Aguilar’s attorney, have listened to one side of the story and have not even afforded him the opportunity to have any input. That seems a bit unfair, given the severity of the charges and the consequences of the charges if everything proves to be unsubstantiated.
What would YOU do if you were the pastor in this situation?
What would YOU do if you were an elder in this situation?
What would YOU do it you were a church member in this church?