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JW molesters in the News
Another JW elder goes to prison
http://kcbs.com/pages/270226.php?contentType=4&contentId=352202 Posted: Thursday, 01 March 2007 12:40PM Church Leader Sentenced for Molestation SAN JOSE, Calif. (KCBS) -- A man from San Jose has been sentenced to twelve years behind bars for repeatedly molesting the daughter of a fellow church member. The man, an elder of the Jehovah's Witness church, was charged with continuous sexual abuse of a minor. He pleaded no contest to the charges, which reduced his sentence to only 12 years in state prison. "He accepted responsibility fairly early on, prior to the victim actually having to come to court, well she came to court but she didn't have to testify and there's a lot of value in that I think for a child especially and that's not always the case," said prosecutor Sumerle Davis with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office. The victim and her family have since moved out of state. ------------------------------------ http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/breaking_news/16813746.htm Posted on Thu, Mar. 01, 2007 Former San Jose church elder sent to prison for molesting young girl Bay City News Service A former Jehovah's Witness elder was sentenced today in a San Jose courtroom to 12 years in state prison for the repeated molestation of a young congregant. Armando Ortiz, 36, stared intensely at the ground throughout his hearing. Ortiz gave a list of personal, financial and immigration problems that plagued him from 2001 to 2003, when he molested his friend's daughter, who was 8 to 11 years old at the time. Ortiz claimed his position as an elder in the church made it difficult to seek help for his many problems at the time of the crimes. At the time, Ortiz was living in the home of a close friend and was involved in a romantic affair with the man's wife, who was the mother of the victim. Judge Brian Walsh acknowledged Ortiz's comments but said they were nothing more than a list of excuses and said he did not hear an apology to a girl to whom Ortiz most likely caused irreparable damage. `I think that justice was done and that it was a fair sentence,' Deputy District Attorney Sumerle Davis said. `It's a very unfortunate and sad situation.' The victim's family has since moved out of state to `put this behind them,' Davis said. Ortiz received the maximum 12-year sentence for continued sexual abuse of a child and will have to register as a sex offender. Copyright © 2006 by Bay City News, Inc. -- republication, re-transmission or reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited. ------------------------------------ http://cbs5.com/localwire/localfsnews/bcn/2007/03/01/n/HeadlineNews/MOLESTER-SENTENCED/resources_bcn_html SJ: CHURCH ELDER GETS 12 YEARS FOR MOLESTATION OF CONGREGANT 03/01/07 4:20 PST SAN JOSE (BCN) A former Jehovah's Witness elder was sentenced today in a San Jose courtroom to 12 years in state prison for the repeated molestation of a young congregant. Armando Ortiz, 36, stared intensely at the ground throughout his hearing, in which he addressed the court in Spanish. Ortiz gave a list of personal, financial and immigration problems that plagued him during the 2001 to 2003 molestations of his friend's daughter, who was 8 to 11 years old at the time. Ortiz claimed his position as an elder in the church made it difficult to seek help for his many problems at the time of the crimes. During time the crimes were committed, Ortiz was living in the home of a close friend and was involved in a romantic affair with the man's wife, who was the mother of the victim. He has moved into the family's home because of his financial difficulties. Judge Brian Walsh acknowledged Ortiz's comments but said they were nothing more than a list of excuses and said he did not hear an apology to a girl to whom Ortiz most likely caused irreparable damage. "I think that justice was done and that it was a fair sentence,' Deputy District Attorney Sumerle Davis said. "It's a very unfortunate and sad situation.' The victim's family has since moved out of state to "put this behind them,' Davis said. Ortiz received the maximum 12-year sentence for continued sexual abuse of a child and will have to register as a sex offender.

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