A Houston pastor is accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old female parishioner multiple times on church property.
Romulo Jimenez is charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child. He is the pastor at Centro Christiano Vida Nueva at 8811 Synott. Court documents state the little girl said she was at church on a Friday evening in August 2012 when Jimenez asked her to accompany him to his church office. She claims Jimenez then sexually assaulted her.
Investigators say the girl told them about another alleged incident in which Jimenez took to her to his parked car in the parking lot of the church and sexually assaulted her.
Then on February 8, 2013, a witness told police she saw Jimenez coming out of his church bathroom late at night, then the witness found the girl in the restroom with her pants and underwear down. Court documents state the witness confronted Jimenez who told the witness that he was helping her go to the restroom. He then left.
The witness said she told the girl's parents, then contacted Child Protective Services.
The girl's mother kept asking her about the incident in the bathroom until she eventually disclosed that Jimenez had touched her.
Her parents told police they confronted Jimenez and said he told them he made a mistake, but he would not talk about what happened. The parents then contacted police.
Investigators say Jimenez's wife said her husband did not deny it and confessed to the girl's parent's his guild and mistake about the poor decision he had made, and that he had repented for his mistake. His wife told police there were two other incidents in the church kitchen.
Jimenez, 67, is in jail on $90,000 bond.