Who: Oscar D. Perez Perez, 69, pastor, Iglesia Antigua Católica, Laguna Hills, California, convicted just days ago of sexually assaulting five young boys, all parishioners, in Perez’s apartment. As recounted by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Perez “was found guilty by a jury of 22 felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14, four felony counts of lewd acts on a child, and sentencing enhancement allegations for lewd acts against multiple victims.” Scheduled for sentencing September 14, 2012, “Perez faces a maximum sentence of 330 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration.”
Well worth the full read:
It was not the type of case you want to sit on as a juror.
During voir dire [jury selection] most of the potential jurors seemed to share shock and discomfort when the basics of the case were presented. …
For others, the sexual nature of the crime brought up a lot of issues. I would say nearly 25 potential jurors were dismissed after going in and speaking privately with judge and counsel. …
Hearing children testify about this trusted mentor French-kissing them and touching their privates was something I will not soon forget.
You could see that Oscar D. Perez Perez had assumed a father role for many of these children. …
Perez was held in a very high position by these children, so hearing testimony after testimony of how he abused that trust and scared these kids into submission with threats of the church collapsing and eternal damnation is something I wished only occurred in the minds of television writers. …
Read the rest: “I Helped Convict a Pedophile Pastor,” Jeff Bennett, Fountain Valley Patch, July 12, 2012
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