Orange County Youth Pastor Sentenced for Sex with Minor

A former youth church pastor has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for having sex with a 17-year-old girl he met through his youth ministry, according to this news report. Daniel John Pedroza, 28, pleaded guilty to three California felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, two counts of oral copulation of a minor and one count of sexual penetration by foreign object of a minor. Prosecutors asked the judge to give Pedroza a one-year-sentence. But the judge gave him 90 days and placed him on five years of probation.

Pedroza apparently met the girl at the Capistrano Beach church. Their relationship is said to have taken place between July 1 and December 1 at his home and hers when her parents were not home, prosecutors said. The girl told about their sexual relationship to Orange County Social Services staff. Pedroza was then fired by the church and charged.

Sex crimes in Orange County are among those that have the most serious consequences and almost all will involve jail time. Punishment for a sex crime offender depends on the type of crime alleged. A misdemeanor sex crime conviction could result in up to one year of county jail time. A rape, sexual assault or child sex abuse allegation can result in lengthy prison time.

Whatever the nature of the sex crime charges you are facing, you need the skill and expertise of an experienced Los Angeles sex crime defense attorney right from the start. A skilled California criminal defense attorney will make sure that the case is thoroughly investigated and your side of the story is heard. If you are facing sex crime charges, please call Takakjian & Sitkoff at 866-299-4111 for a free consultation and discussion of your case.

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