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December 9, 2013
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Pastor connected to Windsor church sentenced to 12 years in prison

FORT COLLINS — A pastor who was arrested in June at a Windsor church on suspicion of violating a protection order stemming from a 2012 sexual assault on a teenage girl was sentenced on Monday to serve at least 12 years in prison for the initial assault.

Hugo Ornelas, 49, was arrested last year on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl as someone in a position of trust.

According to an arrest affidavit, he assaulted the girl multiple times at his Fort Collins home before going to Utah for a church camp. He was then issued a protection order that forbid him from having any contact with anyone under 18 years of age.

Windsor and Fort Collins police arrested Ornelas earlier this year at Iglesia Del Dios Vivo, 416 Oak St.

Detectives said they observed Ornelas near the back of the church on his knees with his hand on top of a young child praying.

Ornelas was advised that he was in violation of the protection order by having contact with and being around children, and he told police that he thought it didn’t apply to the church.

Police told him it applied everywhere and he was arrested.

During Monday’s sentencing, multiple family members spoke on Ornelas’ behalf including his daughter and wife. Each painted Ornelas as a man who gave his life to God and worked tirelessly to provide for his family and congregation after the family moved from Mexico.

Ornelas also addressed the court through a translator Monday and maintained that he was a good man with a track record of helping others.

He admitted to making mistakes in the past and said the circumstances had ripped his family apart, yet he repeatedly pointed to all of the good he said he had done through his life.

Reverting back to his faith, he said Monday’s judgment would not be his “final judgment.”

The judge noted that based on cognitive tests, he did not consider Ornelas a sexually violent predator. He also granted prosecutors an additional 90 days to outline any restitution arguments.


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My Windsor Now Updated Dec 14, 2013 05:01PM Published Dec 17, 2013 02:06PM Copyright 2013 My Windsor Now. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.