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NorthStar Church Youth Volunteer Charged with Child Molestation

Cesar Pastrana of Kennesaw is accused of molesting at least one juvenile during a church lock-in.

A 25-year-old youth volunteer has been arrested and charged with molesting at least one juvenile during a church lock-in.

The and Acworth police departments are investigating multiple charges of child molestation against Cesar Pastrana of Spangle Circle in Kennesaw.

Cobb police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said that on Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb. 4, the Kennesaw church held a youth lock-in called "Thrive," and Pastrana allegedly molested a juvenile at a private Cobb County residence.

Acworth police said Pastrana confessed Friday to molesting two teenage boys, reported WSB-TV.

"It became clear in the interview he had engaged in some child molestation involving some people who had been in his home for a church function," Acworth Police Chief Mike Wilkie told WSB-TV.

Pierce said further investigation found that two juveniles were victimized by Pastrana from late December 2010 to early January 2011 in a private residence in unincorporated Cobb County.

NorthStar Church said it asked Pastrana to leave the ministry after a student accused him of inappropriate conduct during the retreat, WSB said.

The church said it conducted a background check on Pastrana and that his record was clean.

According to his Facebook page, Pastrana is a 2007 graduate of .

Jail records show Pastrana was arrested Friday afternoon and is being held without bond at the on charges of child molestation, aggravated child molestation and sexual battery.

Anyone with information about this or any other case involving Pastrana should contact the Cobb County Police Department's Crimes Against Children Unit at 770-801-3470.

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Jessica Singletary McKinney February 19, 2012 at 02:24 PM
If the school notified authorities, would you not think that there should have been some kind of charges. Did the parents of the child involved previously not feel that what he did was bad enough to not press charges. I would have. Have you actually seen or read this letter yourself? Maybe you should not judge on what you do not know. I am concerned for the families involved. I am not saying that nothing happened, I am saying that if the church is to blame, so are many other people that let him slip through the system. For people that did know him, there were no signs. Believe it or not, that happens a lot.
Jessica Singletary McKinney February 19, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Just as I stated to Very Concerned, have you seen or read the letter your self. If not, you have no idea what it says. If what he did was bad enough to be banned from the school, why was there no charges then? There are many parties involved in this that let him through the cracks besides the church, so to solely blame Northstar is wrong. Also, are you just getting your information on what is being written on here, or do you know more about all the details than everyone else? Yes this is a horrible thing, but everyones emotions are fueling their blames instead of the facts.
Observer February 19, 2012 at 03:05 PM
A simple statement from the chruch could end all the speculation about their responsibility to the victims and their famlies: 1) "We were never notified at any time previous to this incident in writting, by phone, or in person that Cesar Pastrano was banned from any middle school for any reason in order to proctect it's children, or 2) Previous to this incident, we the church, were notified in writting, by phone, or in persson that Cesar Pastrano was banned from a middle school(s) for the protection of it's children and we deeply regret our error in judgement." I would hope by issuing one of these statements the commuity would be able to come together in their position on this tragedy. However, with or without the Church's cooperation the truth will come out and it would be in the best interest of the chuch for it to come from them.
Tougher Laws and Tougher Punishment February 21, 2012 at 05:14 PM
We need tougher laws and more (harsher) punishment for sex offenders!
Joe Bozeman March 24, 2012 at 03:25 PM
It is amazing to me how this story has dropped off the radar and just seems to have gone away. Am I right in thinking those involved are "Lawyered Up" and advised to keep quite on this terrible act.

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