The James Dobson-led conservative religious group, Focus on The Family, has fallen on hard times. First, their once-significant political inflluence has dwindled to almost nil, as shown by the last elections. Secondly, they have had to undergo serious layoffs recently.
So this can't be welcomed with much pleasure:
A Colorado Springs man who narrates the Bible in Spanish on CDs and works in the Spanish broadcasting department of Focus on the Family appeared in court Monday in Golden on two felony counts of using the Internet to lure a 15-year-old girl for sex, The Denver Post reports.
Juan Alberto Ovalle, 42, was arrested Friday when he drove to Lakewood to meet the girl — who turned out to be an undercover officer — after discussing various sexual acts he wanted to perform with her, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office said.
He's not just some rent-for-hire actor doing translations. He's an actual preacher. According to another website, Ovalle was born in the Dominican Republic, and "came to know the Lord at the age of 14". He has served as pastor and preacher in his country, the USA and other countries in Latin-America since he was 19. He also served Trans World Radio ministry and the Spanish broadcasting department of Focus on the Family.
Focus on the Family has been quick to purge audio recordings of Ovalle from its website:
Those of you who speak Spanish might enjoy this recording (mp3) of Ovalle, reading from 1 Corinthians, on the subject of unlawful fornication ("We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died")
The arrest was part of an underage sex sting operation. The affidavit for his arrest, which I'll post below the fold, is… well…. NSFW. And not very WWJD.
By the way, Ovalle was from Colorado Springs, the same community as Ted Haggard. What is it with the evangelical community in that town?