FORMER YOUTH PASTOR SENTENCED FOR UNLAWFUL SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH 16-YEAR-OLD FEMALE PARISHIONER AND TEXTING SEXUAL MESSAGES TO VICTIM’S 15-YEAR-OLD RELATIVE

OCDASeal

Orange County District Attorney
Press Release


Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release

Case # 09HF0436


 


March 12, 2010

Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486

FORMER YOUTH PASTOR SENTENCED FOR UNLAWFUL SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH 16-YEAR-OLD FEMALE PARISHIONER AND TEXTING SEXUAL MESSAGES TO VICTIM’S 15-YEAR-OLD RELATIVE

SANTA ANA – A former youth pastor at a Santa Margarita church was sentenced today to one year and jail and five years of formal probation for having an unlawful sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female parishioner and sending sexual text messages to her 15-year-old female relative. Shane Garrett Horning, 29, San Jose, pleaded guilty Dec. 18, 2009, to four felony counts of oral copulation with a minor for Jane Doe #1 and one felony count of attempted oral copulation of minor under 16 for Jane Doe #2.

 

Horning met Jane Doe #1 while working as a youth pastor at Santa Margarita Methodist Church. Between January 2005 and September 2006, Horning had Jane Doe #1 come to his home on several occasions to orally copulate him. The victim was 16 years old and the defendant was 25 years old at the time.

 

The defendant left Santa Margarita Methodist Church in approximately 2006 and eventually moved to San Jose. Jane Doe #1 did not disclose the sexual assault until 2009, when she learned that Jane Doe #2 could be victimized by Horning.

 

In January 2009, Horning sent explicit sexual text messages to Jane Doe #1’s 15-year-old female relative, Jane Doe #2. The text messages included graphic statements about oral copulation. Jane Doe #1 disclosed to her parents the sexual assault against her and the text messages to Jane Doe #2.

 

Deputy District Attorney Nikki Buracchio of the Sexual Assault Unit prosecuted this case. 

 

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