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FilAM Pastor In Sex Raps

John Edward Gamboa

SOLANO, California – A Filipino American who served as a youth pastor at a local county church was arrested last month for having an inappropriate relationship with one of his underaged bible study students.

Benicia Police Department arrested 38-year-old John Edward Gamboa, a youth pastor at a Solano County church, after questioning him about an alleged relationship he had with a minor female victim.

Gamboa was arrested on suspicion of committing lewd acts with a child 14 years old or younger, suspicion of contacting a minor for the purpose of engaging in lewd behavior and suspicion of burglary, according to Patch.com from a statement from the police department. The added burglary charged was added because police suspect Gamboa of entering the home of the victim with the intent to commit a felony, Patch.com reports.

According to the Benicia Police Lt. Mike Daley, Gamboa and the victim had known each other for a while before beginning a relationship sometime in February or March. The two exchanged text messages and when the parent’s of the victim saw the inappropriate messages, they asked church officials to intervene and stop the relationship.

After a few months, the two resumed the relationship through text messages and Gamboa then began to sneak into the underage girl’s home and a surrounding business area where he and the girl allegedly engaged in kissing and inappropriate touching, Daley said.

The girl’s mother found the new text messages and after speaking to her daughter, reported the incident to police.

Police brought Gamboa in for questioning where he admitted the relationship, said Daley.

He was arrested without incident, according to ABC news.

“This illustrates the importance of parents monitoring the behavior of their children and, when necessary, the information on their children’s cell phones,” said Daley in a statement.

“Sexual predators who have gained the trust of a child or minor have found texting an easy way to engage young children in conversations at any time of the day or night. We’re thankful the parents came forward in this situation to help us immediately eliminate the contact that had developed in this case.”

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