TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -A certified pastor in the US state of Colorado has been arrested after allegedly impregnating a 14-year old girl, who gave birth to his child.
The 22-year-old pastor, identified as Romello Leach of Colorado Springs, faces multiple charges of sexual assault against a minor, local daily The Gazette reported Saturday, adding that he served as a pastor for several local churches in the city.
According to the report, the unidentified teenage girl gave birth to the child on September 15 when she was 15 years old.
She reportedly did not inform anyone about her pregnancy until her mother noticed her “larger belly” in May, according to arrest records cited in the report.
The teenager’s mother took her to the Colorado Springs Pregnancy Center where they notified an employee that Leach was the father, the affidavit further stated. The employee then informed the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office of the pregnancy, prompting the launch of an investigation.
Leach told his ex-wife in a recorded telephone conversation that he had sexual relations with the teenager and admitted to being the father of her baby, arrest records also indicated.
Leach further explained to his ex-wife that “he knows he had made the worst mistake” and “it’s not like he will go around and sleep with everybody’s 13 or 14-year-daughter,” according to the affidavit.
In a different recorded phone call, Leach admitted to an unidentified person of having sexual relations with the girl at least four times and being the baby’s father. Leach “admitted the behavior was wrong and said he was full of lust at the time,” the daily reported.
Leach is being held at El Paso County jail without bond, the report said, adding that deputies were probing whether there were any other victims of Leach’s.
Source: Press Tv