Sex crimes are not limited to the Catholic church. If you believe that only Catholic priests are committing heinous sexual abuse and assaults you are misguided. Sexual assaults of minors has absolutely nothing to do with celibacy!
The following cases are not the exceptions. They are the ones that have become public record.
- An Elgin pastor has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting children in his congregation. Austin police say in June four women in their 20s and 30s came into APD headquarters to report they had been victims of sexual abuse as children. One woman, now 25, claims her former pastor, Francisco Antonio Hernandez, molested her in 1991 in his South Austin home. The other three women are sisters. They say they too were abused in his home in 1989. KVUE spoke to the oldest sister who is now 31. She asked that we not reveal her identity. “I thought it was my fault, you know, what happened, and so all this time I’ve been carrying that,” she said. The woman says her family met Hernandez, or who she came to know as Pastor Javier, at a local grocery store. He invited them to a church service. She says he would preach several times a week at the homes of church members. She says at the time, there were 25 to 30 families involved, and she remembers the children not being so nice to him.
- A man who claims to be a youth minister in Rogers County has been arrested for sex crimes against children. Joe Cheater Jr., 39, is charged with seven counts of lewd molestation and four counts of rape. All the victims are young girls under 14 years old. Sheriff Walton says it all took place when Cheater was living in the former Lake Valley Mobile Home Park in Catoosa from 2005 to 2008. The park has now been closed. Investigators say the girls were all friends of Cheater’s children and it may have happened when they were spending the night in his home. Cheater has told investigators he has worked as a youth minister for Catoosa area churches and as a scout leader for the Cub Scouts. But he hasn’t said which church or which scout group and that has detectives asking for help from the public.