Church pastor convicted of child sexual assault

Published: August 07, 2008 09:31 am

Jury hands down 20-year prison term as man faces two other sex offenses.

By Lacie Morrison
Mineral Wells Index

PALO PINTO – A former pastor was found guilty Tuesday afternoon and sentenced to 20 years confinement for inappropriately touching a 14-year-old member of his congregation.

Eric Correa Jimenez, 52, was indicted in February 2007 and arrested on two counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact, a second-degree felony charge. This week’s trial was pertaining to an offense in July 2006.

According to testimony presented by the juvenile and her parents, Jimenez volunteered to tutor the teenage girl and help her with “emotional problems.” Jimenez was the family’s pastor at Primera Iglesia de Bautista, according to the family’s testimonies.

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