Crime

Cleveland Pastor Sentenced To Life In Prison For Sexually Assaulting Teenage Girls

| by Brendan Kelly
Ubaldo Ocasio.Ubaldo Ocasio.

A former Cleveland pastor was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing young girls in his church.

Ubaldo Ocasio, 52, is the former pastor of Iglesias Misionera Casa de Misericordia Pentecostal Church in Cleveland. He sexually assaulted four girls between the ages of 11 to 16 years old between 2011 and 2013, reports WOIO.

The assaults reportedly took place in several locations, including the church basement, a church van and one of the victim's homes, reports WJW.

Ocasio was caught when the principal of one victim’s schools saw him on campus and became suspicious of the pastor. The principal called authorities to report Ocasio. 

According to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, Ocasio was convicted of six counts of gross sexual imposition, six counts of kidnapping, two counts of sexual battery, one count of rape and four counts of child endangerment. He will be eligible for parole in 128 years.

"We are pleased with the judge’s sentence, because now instead of standing on a pulpit, this defendant will be sitting in prison for the rest of his life,” said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney John Colan. “And that is exactly where he belongs for what he’s done to those four girls. To have abused a sacred trust the way this defendant did is appalling."

Sources: WOIO, WJW / Photo credit: WOIO