Former Virginia minister indicted in Tarrant County on child sexual assault charge

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The former Virginia minister accused of sexually assaulting two girls more than 20 years ago in Fort Worth was indicted Friday by a Tarrant County grand jury on four counts related to one of the girls.

Meanwhile, Geronimo Aguilar, 43, formerly of the Richmond Outreach Center in Richmond, Va., has been dismissed from the church because of “extramarital affairs,” church leaders said in a statement last week.

The congregation apparently stood by Aguilar when he was arrested in May after two women filed complaints that he assaulted them in the 1990s. He resigned from the church in June, but was on paid administrative leave while he was free on $200,000 bail.

“After our former pastor was arrested related to charges in Texas, the Board of Directors became aware of his multiple extramarital affairs with members of our church and community,” the church leaders said in the statement. “This Biblically disqualified him from the office of pastor and leadership of the ROC in any capacity.”

A Tarrant County grand jury on Friday returned an indictment accusing him of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 in 1996, a first-degree felony punishable by up to life in prison.

The grand jury also indicted him on two counts of indecency with a child, a second-degree felony punishable by as much as 20 years.

All complaints date to 1996, according to a news release from the Tarrant County district attorney’s office.

“Aguilar has also been charged in connection with the sexual assault of another, older child in Fort Worth in 1996, but the second case has not been presented to the grand jury,” the news release stated. Prosecutors intend to do so, the release said.

According to earlier reports, Aguilar’s accusers are adults now living in California.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684 Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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