Claims to fame: Pastor, Faith in Action Church, Anaheim, California; serial child molester
Moral apex: Sexually molested at least four girls (one of whom he had victimized for some seven years) and one boy in his parish over a period of ten years, beginning in 1996.
Busted: After videotaping himself molesting a 13-year-old girl in his church office.
The “graphic videotape,” reported the Orange County Register, showed…
…a naked Hernandez engaging in various sex acts in his church’s office with the 13-year-old girl, [Deputy District Attorney Heather Brown] said.
At one point in the video, Hernandez answers a ringing telephone with the salutation “God bless you,” in Spanish, Brown said. The tape closes with Hernandez in the pulpit delivering a sermon on blasphemy, Brown added.
Plea: Guilty to 34 felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts upon children, and variations on the same theme.
Sentence: 90 years. Eligible for parole, by our calculation, in 2094. (Had he been convicted by trial, he could have gotten life plus 214 years.)
Suggested Bible reading for Mr. Hernandez:
In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters’ houses with violence and deceit.
— Zephaniah 1:9
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