For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
FORMER PASTOR SENTENCED FOR SEXUAL BATTERY OF 18-YEAR-OLD FEMALE CHURCH MEMBER
FULLERTON – A former pastor was sentenced today for sexual battery of an 18-year-old female church member. Joseph Angel Olvera, 55, Fullerton, was found guilty by a jury Jan. 21, 2013, of two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery. He was sentenced today to four months in jail, three years of formal probation, and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration.
Olvera worked as a pastor at Lifeline Ministries in Fullerton, which offers services to at-risk youth and other members of the community in need. At approximately 9:00 a.m. on Aug. 22, 2012, Olvera approached the bed of 18-year-old Jane Doe, who was living in the church, and woke her up under the pretense of getting ready for work.
Olvera touched the victim’s hand and arm and began to rub her back and neck. He put his hand down Jane Doe’s shirt and touched the victim’s breast underneath her bra.
On Aug. 25, 2012, Olvera walked towards Jane Doe as she was waiting in the hallway of the church for a friend. He slapped the victim’s buttocks as he walked past her and wished her a good day at work.
Jane Doe reported the case to Fullerton Police Department, who investigated.
Deputy District Attorney Ed Grubaugh prosecuted this case.