US Justice System: Couple Faces 15 Years for Beach Sex, Pastor Faces 4 Months for Molesting 9-Year-Old Girl
A California pastor faces up to four months in jail for repeatedly molesting a 9-year-old girl, pleading no contest to misdemeanor charges on the same day a Florida couple was found guilty of lewd exhibition charges and now face 15 years in prison and life on the sex offender registry.
The pastor, Venije Singkoh, was originally charged with three felony counts of child molestation after detectives determined he touched and tongue kissed a 9-year-old girl in his congregation.
The girl’s family called a church meeting to confront Singkoh but the pastor repeatedly denied he did anything inappropriate and said any inappropriate behavior was an “accident.”
A judge ruled that the pastor would only face one charge of molestation in December but Singkoh worked out a deal with prosecutors and pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of child sexual annoyance.
He faces up to four months at sentencing.
Meanwhile, Elissa Alvarez and Jose Caballero were found guilty of having sex on a public beach after a witness recorded a video of the two grinding on each other. The couple denies they were having sex but the jury deliberated for just 15 minutes before rendering a guilty verdict.
The two face up to 15 years in prison, even though the main witness said the couple was “moving like they were having sex” but admitted she never saw any penetration or exposed genitals.
Assistant State Attorney Anthony Dafonseca defended the charges, saying, ““We’re dealing with basically tourists, that came from Brandon and Riverview and West Virginia, and they’re here on the beaches of Manatee County, our public beaches. So you want to make sure that this isn’t something that just goes by the wayside. And that it is well known to the community what will be tolerated and what won’t be.”