Pleas from sexual-assault victim’s mother ignored by church prior to youth pastor’s arrest
The mother of a girl who was allegedly sexually assaulted by a recently arrested church youth minister had her pleas for help ignored for months by the senior pastor of a church in San Ramon, California.
According to BayArea NBC, Hyo Bin Im, 33, also known as Pastor John Hyobin at the Contra Costa Korean Presbyterian Church in San Ramon, was arrested last Wednesday, police said.
Senior Pastor Jason Jeon, of the Contra Costa Korean Presbyterian Church in San Ramon, admits that the girl’s mother did appeal to him for help, but he would not discuss what she talked to him about.
“Yes, as far as I know, John was helping them,” Jeon said. “That much I know.”
A church member, requesting not to be identified, said she is concerned Jeon didn’t step in after the girl’s mother contacted him.
“At this point, can the parents actually trust the pastor when they’re sending their kids to the church?” she said.
Speaking to a KNTV reporter, one member of the church said that the whole congregation knew that Im allowed under-aged girlsto stay with him at his San Ramon house when they had no place to live, also believing that he was ‘helping’ them.
Investigators determined the alleged victim and her sister were staying with Im at his San Ramon home and uncovered evidence of a romantic relationship between Im and one of the sisters. Additionally, police said they found evidence that the pastor was responsible for animal cruelty, resulting in a small dog being euthanized.
Im was arrested and booked into Martinez Detention Facility on Jan. 29 and faces felony charges of child concealment, unlawful sexual intercourse and animal cruelty. Bail has been set at $180,000.
Watch the BayArea NBC report below: