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When the mother of a teenage girl found a man who serves as a youth pastor in her daughter’s closet she reported the man when she suspected that he raped the girl.

24-year-old Wilfredo Flores, a youth pastor in Oklahoma City, has allegedly had a personal connection with a teenage girl since September of last year when she was 13-years-old.

Flores and the girl reportedly used Snapchat for communicating online since that time, and they saw each other in person at a church function a few months ago. Flores is accused of trying to encourage sexual contact with the girl, who is now 14, during the event but she was said to have turned him down, and he respected her wishes and left her alone.

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A well-known youth evangelist from Alabama has been accused of several child sexual charges after a teenage boy reported that he was the victim of the man’s actions.

37-year-old Paul Edward Acton Bowen of Gadsden, Alabama, has worked as an evangelist in several mediums such as a weekly worldwide broadcast, a local Bible study for children, and lending his service to a local church for 12 years. Additionally, he was a chaplain at the Summer Olympics in London, and he is a best-selling author. He and his wife reside in Etowah County.

Authorities reported that three weeks ago a young boy between the ages of 12 and 16 came forward and alerted them that he had been a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of Bowen from 2006 through 2009. The alleged victim was reportedly an acquaintance of Bowen’s family, but due to his age, further personal details are not being disclosed.

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A pastor from Bridges of Hope Community Church in Minnesota witnessed a couple of teenagers shoplifting snacks from a local grocery store. The way in which he attempt to intervene has earmed him accusations of impersonating a police officer, using pepper spray and becoming physically aggressive with the victims.

Abraam Rodriguez and his cousin went to the store on September 4, and his cousin was seen stealing cereal and fruit snacks worth approximately $10. The man who witnessed them leave the store without paying for the items was identified as Keith Douglas Haskell, the pastor of a church in Owatonna, MN.

Haskell decided to follow the teens to the parking lot and tried to record their license plate number unsuccessfully. He then allegedly continued to pursue them after they pulled away in their SUV.

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A man who had been working as a youth pastor at Grace Community Church in Lake Forest, Orange County has just been sentenced to two years in state prison and lifetime sex registration, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s website. He plead guilty to two felony counts of sexual battery by restraint and two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery. The assaults are alleged to have occurred last year and involved four separate female victims. Some of the assaults occurred on the Orange County church property. The victims spoke to the man during his sentencing in court, describing their suffering in a “victim impact statement.” Under California’s Marsy’s Law, every adjudged victim is given this right to confront her perpetrator.

If you or a loved one are charged with sexual battery or are the victim of sexual battery seeking help with a victim impact statement, please contact Orange County criminal defense attorney Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.

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