Salem pastor accused of child sex abuse pleads guilty in court

Salem, Ore — A Salem pastor accused of the rape of a young church member pleads guilty on the first day of his trial.

According to the Statesman-Journal, Mauricio Aguilera-Garcia pleaded guilty to charges of rape and sodomy rather than continue on with the three day trial.

The only witness to testify was the 13-year-old victim.

This comes on the heels of two former pastors, In Grants Pass and Ashland, charged with sex abuse of minors.

A former Boys and Girls Club teen director was also arrested last month.

He’s accused of attempting to have sexual contact with a 16-year-old Grants Pass boy.

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