Abbotsford pastor charged with sex offences
An Abbotsford pastor has been charged with sexual offences against a 15-year-old boy.
Patrick Marini, 69, is charged with sexual assault and sexual interference of a person under 16.
Const. Ian MacDonald said the matter was brought to the attention of the Abbotsford Police on Feb. 16. On that day, a teenage boy told his mother about an incident that had allegedly occurred on Feb. 11 with Marini, MacDonald said.
Police investigated and the charges that were initially laid were sexual exploitation and sexual interference of a person under 16.
An online profile describes Marini as a missionary/pastor who has ministered in Canada, the U.S., India, Africa and Europe. He previously lived in Ontario and Saskatchewan, according to the website.
"My unique status in bachelorhood enables me to respond to the call of God in any circumstance. I lived in a mud hut for six months during my last stay in India," the profile states.
Marini is listed online as a director of Resurrection Life Ministries (RLM) in Abbotsford. A person answering the phone for the ministry said Marini has not been involved on the RLM board for over a year, but did show up at a service about three weeks ago.
Marini is also listed online as president of Praise Ministries of Canada in Surrey, but nobody with that ministry could be reached.
MacDonald said Marini does not have a prior criminal record. There are concerns there could be other victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225.