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Ex-Pastor Called Wolf In Sheep's Clothing
Express-News ^ | 01/31/07 | Elizabeth Allen

Posted on 01/31/2007 10:42:34 AM PST by Froufrou

Seventeen-year-old Stephanie Sanchez had been impregnated for the third time by Adrian Estrada, her youth pastor, when she was strangled and stabbed, prosecutor Scott Simpson told jurors Tuesday in Estrada's capital murder trial.

Estrada had held Bible studies and ministered to Sanchez in his role as youth pastor at El Sendero Assembly of God church, Simpson said in opening statements. And in December 2004, when she was 16 and he was 21, he took her to abort her first pregnancy.

By the time she was killed a year later, Simpson said, Estrada was interested in another young girl.

"Rather than somebody who could be trusted with their children, he was a wolf in sheep's clothing," Simpson said.

Estrada faces either the death penalty or a life sentence without parole if jurors convict him of capital murder in Sanchez's Dec. 12, 2005, death.

The state is charging him with capital murder because both Sanchez and the baby she was carrying died.

Defense lawyer Suzanne Kramer told jurors that the state's burden is proving that Estrada intended to kill both Sanchez and the fetus.

"We do not believe the state can prove beyond a reasonable doubt he intended to kill both," she told jurors.

Estrada was dating the teenager with her mother's approval, Sanchez's mother, Mary Vargas, testified Tuesday.

"I did approve of it," Vargas said. "I never thought he would take advantage of my daughter. Never."

When Vargas learned of the abortion, she chastised her daughter.

"I told her that it was the worst thing that she could do, and she knew it," she said. But she let the relationship continue.

"I believed him when he told me that it would never happen again," she said.

When Stephanie became pregnant again, Vargas said, she thought Estrada would marry her daughter. Then Sanchez miscarried.

The third time Sanchez became pregnant, Estrada met with her parents. He said in the meeting that Sanchez's father, Juan Vargas, had gone to church pastors "and told them everything," the mother testified. Then, she said, Estrada made them a deal.

In order to help with the baby, Estrada needed to keep his Trans Am and his second job as a telemarketer, she said. To do that, he needed to stay with the church for a few weeks longer.

"He wanted my husband to go back to the pastor and tell the pastor that everything was a lie," Vargas testified. She said that her husband did so, and that Estrada was able to keep his job until the end of the year.

A pending lawsuit, filed by Sanchez's parents, alleges the church pastor knew about the relationship between their daughter and Estrada.

In responding to the lawsuit, church officials denied the allegation.

On Dec. 12, 2005, neighbor Blanca Valenzuela was bringing her children home from school when she saw Estrada's car in the Vargas' driveway. She noticed a young female in the passenger seat, she said, and saw Estrada emerge from the house.

A short time later, Sanchez's father, brother and sister arrived home and discovered her in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: assemblyofgod; protestants; snakehandlers
Sicko.
1 posted on 01/31/2007 10:42:36 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou
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2 posted on 01/31/2007 10:45:38 AM PST by Shimmer128 (Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.)
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To: Froufrou

lemme see...
mom lets this guy date her daughter adn she gets pregnant and has an abortion.
mom yells at daughter, but allows relatrionship to continue.
Daughter gets preggo a second time but miscarries. mom allows relationship to continue.

dad lies to church so the guy can keep his job whilst still dating daughter.

sounds like everybody around the kid failed the common sense test.


3 posted on 01/31/2007 10:46:24 AM PST by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Shimmer128

3 strikes and you're out, I guess! Would have pinged you but you beat me to it!


4 posted on 01/31/2007 10:47:12 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: camle

"sounds like everybody around the kid failed the common sense test."

Thereby failing her!


5 posted on 01/31/2007 10:48:56 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: camle
sounds like everybody around the kid failed the common sense test.

These are the kind of people who let boyfriends move in with their teenage daughters so they won't be out late at night.

6 posted on 01/31/2007 10:49:11 AM PST by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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To: JamesP81

Scoundrel of the cloth ping.


7 posted on 01/31/2007 10:49:56 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou

apparently including the church.

one would think that by ths second pregnancy, SOMEBODY would think "birth control"?


8 posted on 01/31/2007 10:50:04 AM PST by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it full of something for you)
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To: camle

I'm not sure but maybe some Latinas don't 'believe' in birth control. Maybe she thought she was in love. You know how raging hormones can be, er - as I remember...
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9 posted on 01/31/2007 10:51:16 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou
I'm stunned at all of the crap that the parents allowed to take place ... and then the father agreed to go and lie to his church leadership.

Unbelievable.

10 posted on 01/31/2007 10:51:28 AM PST by r9etb
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To: Froufrou

The Devil Wears Estrada!


11 posted on 01/31/2007 10:52:54 AM PST by BossLady ("People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul" - Carl Jung)
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To: Froufrou

What a mess.... One church I went to, one of the Asst. Pastors go caught "playing" at a city park, he was gone in no time ! It caused a lot of damage though. One person I knew, I got him interested in coming to the singles group which would lead him to the Word but after that happened, he had no interest.


12 posted on 01/31/2007 10:53:49 AM PST by CORedneck
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To: r9etb; BossLady; CORedneck

You'd think he'd have had sense enough to quit 'seeing' her after the abortion! Should have run for the hills then.


13 posted on 01/31/2007 10:56:26 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou

"Rather than somebody who could be trusted with their children, he was a wolf in sheep's clothing," Simpson said.

Understatement of the year.

But she let the relationship continue. "I believed him when he told me that it would never happen again," she said.

Was she nuts?!?!


14 posted on 01/31/2007 11:48:58 AM PST by kalee (No burka for me....EVER!)
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To: Froufrou
Sicko ...exactly. But the parents should have had more sense and the girl too.... Prayers for all of these people. Shaking my head here again. ~~Pandora~~
15 posted on 01/31/2007 11:54:45 AM PST by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ......efg and dilligaf?)
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To: Froufrou
"A pending lawsuit, filed by Sanchez's parents, alleges the church pastor knew about the relationship between their daughter and Estrada."

This is the REALLY sick part of a 3 barf bag alert story. These people KNEW about the relationship and pregnancies, they lied to the church about it, did nothing to stop it and now it's the Church's fault? What could the Church have done if they DID know? Expose him? - parents already knew about it. Fire him? - parents have already shown they would have let the couple keep seeing each other anyway, they consented to this. If any case ever deserved frivolous lawsuit sanctions imposed this is it.

16 posted on 01/31/2007 12:09:32 PM PST by joebuck
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To: joebuck

You are certainly correct about that! Next thing we'll hear is that they are taking donations to pay her funeral costs!

It seems as though more and more people capitalize on their misfortune. That's just sordid.


17 posted on 01/31/2007 12:15:23 PM PST by Froufrou
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To: kalee

I just don't know what to think. The fact that she saw him leaving the house right before they found the girl is pretty bad. But lying to the church?


18 posted on 01/31/2007 12:18:35 PM PST by Froufrou
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To: camle
mom lets this guy date her daughter adn she gets pregnant and has an abortion. mom yells at daughter, but allows relatrionship to continue.

Ultimately in a situation like this the option of last resort is to throw the child out. That is a very tough choice for a parent. No one can prevent a seventeen year-old from seeing who she chooses. In this case however, it sounds like the parents actually voiced approval of the relationship. Certainly they did fail this child.

19 posted on 01/31/2007 12:48:11 PM PST by outofstyle
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To: Froufrou

Any senior pastor that allows this kind of relationship under his watch should not be in the ministry.

People are too afraid to make hard choices today.


20 posted on 01/31/2007 12:51:32 PM PST by Preachin' (Enoch's testimony was that he pleased God: Why are we still here?)
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To: Preachin'
I attend a mega church where the senior pastor knew that one of the staff pastors was a pedophile and did nothing for six months, and only then after he was forced to.
21 posted on 01/31/2007 12:57:57 PM PST by Coldwater Creek (The TERRORIST are the ones who won the midterm elections!)
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To: Froufrou

Snake handlers...can't trust 'em...


22 posted on 01/31/2007 6:06:22 PM PST by AlaninSA ("Beware the fury of a patient man." - John Dryden)
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To: camle

Normally we would refer to the parents as white trash but in this case that would be insulting to white trash.


23 posted on 01/31/2007 9:39:26 PM PST by art_rocks
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To: mariabush

Do you still attend that church, with the same senior pastor? If so, either he or you needs to go.


24 posted on 02/01/2007 3:03:13 AM PST by Preachin' (Enoch's testimony was that he pleased God: Why are we still here?)
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To: Preachin'
My husband has cancer, so we are not able to attend right now.

But, you are right he needs to go, and there are people doing whatever they can to make it happen.

This church is the cornerstone of the So. Baptist Convention.
If we do not clean up this mess, then our critics will have every right to call us for what we are.
25 posted on 02/01/2007 6:07:00 AM PST by Coldwater Creek (The TERRORIST are the ones who won the midterm elections!)
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