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Local pastor arrested on sex, animal cruelty charges

Police allege man had sexual relationship with one of two female teen runaways he was hiding at his home

A San Ramon pastor has been arrested on charges involving two teenage girls, one of whom police allege he had a sexual relationship with.

Hyo Bin Im, 33, was arrested Jan. 29 and charged on Tuesday with unlawful sexual intercourse, animal cruelty and child concealment, according to the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office. He was later released on $180,000 bail.

Im -- also known as "Pastor John," John Hyobin and PJ -- is a minister at the Contra Costa Korean Presbyterian Church in San Ramon. Police allege he was engaged in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old runaway and that he hid the girl and another female teen runaway.

San Ramon police, working with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and San Mateo County Children and Family Services, originally suspected the two teen runaways were with Im at the church in San Ramon.

The girls were discovered at Im's home in San Ramon, according to police. During the investigation, detectives allegedly discovered evidence of a sexual relationship between Im and one of the teens.

Investigators said they learned that Im first met the girls at the Salvation Army Korean Corps in San Francisco in 2010. Im claims to be affiliated with The Living Well Ministries, an alleged nonprofit organization he created to assist emancipated orphans, the homeless and widows, according to police.

The animal cruelty charge stems from additional evidence discovered during the investigation, which alleges Im was responsible for severe maltreatment resulting in the death of a small dog.

The investigation is ongoing, and San Ramon police ask anyone with information about "Pastor John" Im or additional victims to call Detective Rob Ransom at 973-2715.

Information from the Bay City News Service was used in this report

Comments

Posted by Jeff, a resident of Blackhawk
on Feb 6, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Please prosecute to the fullest extent and then deport him asap.


Posted by thekid, a resident of Danville
on Feb 7, 2014 at 10:06 pm

I didn't see anything in the article that indicated he's not an American citizen.


Posted by Rita, a resident of Diablo
on Feb 8, 2014 at 5:45 pm

[Post removed due to offensive language]


Posted by Dave, a resident of Danville
on Feb 8, 2014 at 10:49 pm

Now we have two comments by people who can't read very well.


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