Joseph Angel Olvera, Ex-Youth Shelter Pastor, Gets Jail, Sex Offender Tag for Sexual Batteries

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The former pastor of a Fullerton church was sentenced today to four months in jail, three years probation and a lifetime of sex offender registration for the sexual battery of an 18-year-old female follower.

A jury a year ago Tuesday found Joseph Angel Olvera, the 55-year-old former pastor at Lifetime Ministries, guilty of two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery.

Did Pastor Joseph Angel Olvera Touch You With More Than His Sermon?

Olvera, who had run a shelter for at-risk youth at his facility, went to the bed of the then-18-year-old woman and woke her so she could get ready for work around 9 a.m. on Aug. 22, 2012. He then touched her hand and arm, began to rub her back and neck and put his hand down her shirt and touched her breast underneath her bra.

Three days later, Olvera walked toward the same young woman as she was waiting in the hallway of the church for a friend and slapped her buttocks while wishing her a good day at work.

The female reported the assaults to the Fullerton Police Department. She had been a member of the church for four or five years when she sought shelter due to a "family conflict," Deputy District Attorney Ed Grubaugh told City News Service.

Among those who testified against Olvera was a woman in her early 20s who attended and volunteered at the church where, she claimed, Olvera also molested her in the mid-2000s. No charges were filed against the ex-pastor based on those allegations, according to Grubaugh.

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Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

About 69% of the time when I read "pastor" (especially "youth pastor") somewhere else in the article there is the word "molested" or "abused".

In general, when I hear "pastor" I think "creepy". 

You got to be kind of bent to become a pastor in the first place (either that or a supreme con man taking advantage of the take free income received from suckers who buy into all that garbage).

Liz Etters
Liz Etters

Another sick fucker who needs to be shot!!!!

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

WTF? 4  months? People who get caught with simple drug possession face 6 months.

abmetech6
abmetech6

This was a set up. The girl had made advances towards the pastor. The pastor had told his wife and the church counsel. There was to be a meeting about this to confront the situation but Corina never showed up. The church was already closing the doors due to the pastor retiring, around that same time there was a group called solidarity that was using the churches name to get funds from colleges and other organizations and pocketing the money. When the pastor confronted this group he closed the doors of his church completely. Soon after, these allegations came out the entire church counsel where in shock because the church had already closed it's doors and the dates of the allegations were claimed to of happened a month after no one there. The pastor always maintained his innocence and those counsel members continue to support him. Now to hear the baffling part, the pastor was never allowed to give his side of the story in court. The judge sitting on the case was under investigation at that time for the same type of charges and in fact of just recent has been banned to sit as judge for life. As for Corina, she is now apart of that solidarity group and lives with the director at his house.

scoe69
scoe69

You know it's people like you that make me sick. Growing up the son of a pastor I never saw what your claiming. In fact it was always the other way around my parents were always helping out the needy causing us to struggle at times. I remember my parents took in a homeless couple that ended up stealing my mom's wedding ring. At the end my parents said they are just being obedient to the calling of God and these people are not burning us nut God and will have to deal with it. It's people like you who mock yet when a calamity strikes you're the first one to find religion. Remember there is no atheist in foxholes.

scoe69
scoe69

Hey guy people like you are the type I love to come across when I'm in prison. I bet you act really tough among your yuppie friends but when people like me walk in the room you claim up and sit nervously squeezing your lady's hand while she looking at me up and down wondering will I take her away for your world of make believe and introduce her to the realities of life.

scoe69
scoe69

Hey why is it whenever I come around your crowd gets nervous. And one of your people had the nerve to say that every time I come around bad things happen maybe it's because I don't dig on your wet back dope fiend jump in free agents who try to claim something you're not. Get at me whenever I'm always around looking to put it down. And remember, I don't drink smoke or do drugs. Just work out and train for the next opportunity to put it down.

scoe69
scoe69

Why don't you do it? Oh that's right, people like you like to talk strong yet hide behind others. Aaron Herding or Omar David Sanchez

Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

@scoe69 Wanna bet? Besides the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers members below, keep in mind atheists in foxholes whose stories have been in feature stories and documentaries: Pat Tillman, Afghanistan war Army Ranger and football player, Hans Kasten, WWII POW leader, Phil Paulson, Vietnam Veteran and activist, Kurt Vonnegut, WWII POW and author, Ted Williams, WWII Veteran and baseball player, Ernest Hemingway, WWI Vet and author, Sherwin Wine, Founder of Humanistic Judaism, Major Sidney Excell, who arrested Heinrich Himmler, Bob Kerrey, former Governor and Senator, Navy Seal, and Medal of Honor recipient.


Most people "find religion" because they find it to be an psychological survival mechanism alternative to suicide: those with sever drug or alcohol additions, depression, prison experiences, etc.

scoe69
scoe69

Well unless you've actually been in a situation where you can actually speak first hand then I don't think you have room to talk. I am a marine who is home on leave. I'm a solder who has been in situations were life is being taken and I've seen the strong brake and the meek succeed. Please do not use military as a reference unless you have been there yourself. I'm tired of people who have no clue but want to speak on it.

scoe69
scoe69

I've taken life and I've seen my bothers killed all for this country and have no problem saying with honor that I love my God, this Country and the Corp and will take pleasure in my next deployment. Remember this country was founded on Judeo Christianity. Unless you can say first hand than please don't question a solder on what he's experienced.

Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

@scoe69 Please don't twist being a solider with accuracy of fact. Just because you are a solider doesn't mean that anyone who disagrees with you is wrong. [There are plenty of atheists in foxholes]. Your post is like a guy with a toothache explaining to a dentist that the dentist doesn't know what he's doing because the dentist isn't the guy with the toothache.

Also, I question EVERYTHING.


scoe69
scoe69

I have been around people who claim to be atheist and I've walk into HEAVY DUTY skirmishes with them and when it's said and done those atheists and now Christians. Please know that when you have someone on a meat hook the true color always comes out. I'm sorry you've never had the chance to see a life taken or had to take a life. I personally believe we are all entitled to feel to question anything however experience always trumps. That's why I never question someone's beliefs or character, because until poop hits the fan and then you can see who they really are.

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