Abbotsford pastor to plead guilty to sex offence

Patrick Marini is accused of the sexual assault and sexual interference of a 15-year-old boy.

An Abbotsford pastor plans to plead guilty to a sexual offence against a 15-year-old boy.

Patrick Marini, 69, was scheduled to enter the plea Tuesday in Abbotsford provincial court, but the matter was adjourned until next Thursday, May 17.

Marini has been charged with sexual assault and sexual interference of a person under 16.

Outside of court, his lawyer Joel Doucette said it’s not known whether MariniĀ  intends to plead guilty to one or both offences, or to a lesser charge.

Marini was charged after a teenage boy told his mother about an incident that allegedly occurred on Feb. 11 with Marini. The matter was then reported to and investigated by Abbotsford Police.

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.