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Pastor Geronimo Aguilar Accused of Child Sex Crimes, Gets $115K Severance Package

| by Michael Allen
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Pastor Geronimo "Pastor G" Aguilar, who co-founded the Richmond Outreach Center in Richmond, Va., resigned earlier this month after he was charged in late May on seven felony sexual abuse charges.

Pastor G (pictured with his wife Samantha) is accused of sexually abusing an 11-year old girl and her older sister for more than a year in 1996.

However, he will still receive his $115,930 annual salary and live in the church's half-million dollar parsonage until December.

According to WTVR-TV, Pastor G was extradited to Fort Worth, Texas, to face charges, posted a $200,000 bail and returned to Richmond on May 30.

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The Richmond Outreach Center announced the resignations of Pastor G, Pastor Jason Helmlinger, Pastor Andrew Delgado and Pastor G's brother, Pastor Matthew Aguilar, on June 5. The church has 11,000 members.

Stephen Lewis, an attorney for the Richmond Outreach Center, said the church board felt Pastor G deserved the severance package because of his years of service as the founder of the church, even though he might spend life in prison if convicted.

"He was under an employment agreement, but I don't think that was the reason for the severance," Lewis told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. "The reason was [because] people appreciate what he's done and with what he's got going on, people want to make sure his family was taken care of. We certainly could have had no severance package at all, but the board thinks they are doing the right thing."

Richmond Outreach Center said that Pastor G's $115,930 annual salary was based on pastoral salaries for other large churches, which is not supported biblically.

Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch and WTVR-TV