Guilty plea in sex assault case

Patrick Marini, 69, entered his plea in Abbotsford provincial court on Wednesday morning.

An Abbotsford pastor has pleaded guilty to sexual assault. The plea stems from an incident on Feb. 11 which involved a 15-year-old boy.

Patrick Marini, 69, entered his plea in Abbotsford provincial court on Wednesday morning. He was originally charged with both sexual assault and sexual interference of a person under 16.

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

Marini will now undergo a psychological examine as part of the pre-sentence report before returning to court at a later date.

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.