Pastor Guilty of Sexually Assaulting Underage Parishoners--and He Ain't Catholic!

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Shane Garrett Horning, the 29-year-old former Santa Margarita Methodist Church youth pastor, was convicted today of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old female parishioner and sending sexual text messages to her 15-year-old female relative.

The San Jose resident pleaded guilty to four felony counts of oral copulation with a minor for his crimes against the then-16-year-old and one felony count of attempted oral copulation of a minor under 16 for the messages to the then-15-year-old.

Horning is expected to get a year in jail and five years probation at his Jan. 22 sentencing in Santa Ana. 

While working at the Santa Margarita church, he had the 16-year-old come to his home several times between January 2005 and September 2006 to orally copulate him. He was 25 at the time. The girl did not report the sexual assault until this year, when Horning, who left the church in 2006 and moved to San Jose, sent explicit sexual text messages to the 15-year-old female, who is related to the first girl. Included were graphic statements about oral copulation. The 16-year-old informed her parents about the previous sex assault and the new text messages, and the authorities were called.

Clockwork recently informed you about the underage sex cases against pastors Timothy Han and Jose Rama Campoverde.

Han, 21, of Fullerton, was convicted of having sex with a 15-year-old girl in the parking lot of Miracle Land Baptist Church in Cypress, where he was the youth pastor. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 24.

Campoverde, the 45-year-old pastor at Ministerio Cristo Vive church in Anaheim, was scheduled to have a pre-trial hearing today on various charges related this his allegedly having had improper contact with teen-age girls as young as 13. The cases stretch back to March 2004, and he met some of the girls through the church, prosecutors say.

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