Pastor G. sentenced to 40 years in prison on child sex abuse charges
FORT WORTH, TX (WWBT) - Pastor Geronimo Aguilar, better known as "Pastor G.," was sentenced to 40 years in prison Tuesday afternoon.
A Texas jury found the former Richmond megachurch pastor guilty of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in the 1990s. He is also charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl, but the charge is still pending.
Aguilar was a founding member of the Richmond Outreach Center (ROC) in 2001. It quickly caught on and was even named one of the fastest growing churches in America. In 2013, he and three other pastors resigned from the church after Aguilar was arrested and charged with the sexual assault of two girls in Texas back in the 1990s, before he founded ROC.
"His actions impacted the lives of many people in the Richmond community," said Don Blake with the Virginia Christian Alliance. "I have a great deal of empathy and sorrow for his family to have to go through this, but justice was done. He owes a debt to society that he will have to pay."
The ROC changed its name to Celebration Church and Outreach Ministry and also announced a new head pastor.
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