A Lubbock pastor is on his way to prison.
Thursday afternoon, a jury sentenced Royce Jimenez for indecency with a child. He was convicted on four counts, and received eight years for each count to be served concurrently.
Jimenez was pastor of Light of the World Christian Church when he was arrested in May 2006. The child was a 7-year-old boy who claimed Jimenez engaged in sexual contact with him on several occasions. Wednesday, Jimenez testified that he was alone with the boy only twice.
According to Lubbock Police reports, the boy told his parents the pastor had taken him to a VA clinic, where they shared a bathroom stall and exchanged in inappropriate touching. In court, Jimenez testified he used the urinal, while the boy went in a separate stall. Jimenez says the boy came over to him, and said his genitals looked like his father's. Jimenez says he told the boy that it was inappropriate to look at him.
On the stand, Jimenez adamantly denied ever engaging in any sort of sexual contact with the boy.
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