REDWOOD CITY (CBS SF) — A former pastor was sentenced to eight years in prison for molesting three victims between September 2011 and May 2015, San Mateo County prosecutors said Monday.
Victor Tax-Gomez, 50, also known as Ever Oliveros-Cano, was a pastor for Senor Justicia Nuestra Church in Menlo Park, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.READ MORE: Calls For Justice As Suspects In Asian American Attacks Appear In San Francisco Court - 'We Are Watching'
When the victims were 13, 15 and 17, Tax-Gomez committed the crimes while claiming to be praying with or cleansing the victims at the church, prosecutors said. Two of the victims were sisters and a third was a friend.
Two years later, one of the victims told a therapist that the crime had happened and the therapist reported it to Menlo Park police.
Tax-Gomez was arrested on June 1, 2017.READ MORE: San Jose Police Investigate Shooting In Hyde Park Neighborhood
Two victims presented a victim’s impact statement during the sentencing hearing on Friday.
Judge Donald Ayoub denied probation and sentenced Tax-Gomez to eight years in prison, lifetime registration as a sex offender and ordered him to have no contact with the victims.
District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe confirmed that Tax-Gomez will be deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the end of the jail sentence.MORE NEWS: COVID Vaccine: Santa Clara County Ramps Up Effort With Dose Surplus
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