California pastor arrested for child molestation
VACAVILLE, Calif. -- A pastor at a Fairfield church was arrested on suspicion of molesting five children, police said.
Authorities took the Rev. Robert "Silas" Ruark, 65, into custody on Thursday at his home in Suisun City after investigating the allegations, The Vacaville Reporter reported ( http://bit.ly/KI3MEa).
He was booked into Solano County Jail. The Fairfield Police Department could not immediately confirm Friday whether he had retained a lawyer.
Clergy at the Orthodox Christian diocese that oversees St. Timothy Orthodox Church contacted police and asked for an investigation, the newspaper said.
The alleged victims now range in age from 20 to 24. Police said they reported being molested when they were as young as 13 and photographed in the nude, some when left alone at the church with the pastor.
Ruark has been a pastor at St. Timothy since he was ordained in 1997. The diocese has told authorities it will cooperate fully.
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/29/4600182/calif-pastor-arrested-for-child.html#storylink=cpy
Please note that the clergy contacted the police and are cooperating with them. That matters.
And on Sunday:
Much applause for the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Diocese of los Angeles and the West. Thank you for protecting the children.
h/t to Mojoey at Deep Thoughts.