Former pastor indicted for second time in child sex assault cases in Fort Worth

01/15/2014 5:39 PM

01/15/2014 5:41 PM

The former senior pastor of a Virginia church has been indicted for a second time in Tarrant County in sexual assault cases involving two girls younger than 14.

A Tarrant County grand jury returned an eight-count indictment on Wednesday accusing Geronimo Scott Aguilar, 43, of having sex with a girl in 1996 and 1997 when he lived in Fort Worth.

In September, Aguilar was indicted on similar charges involving a different girl during the same time period.

Aguilar remains free on bail. A trial date has not been set, according to a news release from the Tarrant County district attorney’s office.

The indictment handed up Wednesday includes two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child that carry a maximum sentence of life in prison. It also includes three counts of sexual assault of a child under 17 and three counts of indecency with a child, all second-degree felonies, each with maximum sentences of 20 years in prison, the news release said.

In the 1990s, Aguilar lived in Fort Worth, where he helped start a small mission, his attorney in Richmond has said. According to arrest warrant affidavits, Aguilar was asked to leave the church after about a year when a member saw him kissing one of the girls in the cases. The affidavits say the girls, now adults, are sisters who live in California.

After moving to Virginia, Aguilar founded the Richmond Outreach Center in 2003. Church leaders fired him in September.

Aguilar was arrested in Richmond in May after Fort Worth police obtained arrest warrants. He was brought to Fort Worth but returned to Virginia after posting bail.

This report includes material from Star-Telegram archives.

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