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Pastor allegedly molested children and took nude photos

July 2, 2012 |  7:49 am

A pastor from St. Timothy Orthodox Christian Church in Fairfield was arrested on multiple counts of child molestation.

The clergy of the diocese contacted the Fairfield Police Department's Major Crimes Unit and reported possible molestations had been committed by one of their pastors. 

The alleged molester, Robert Ruark, 65, of Suisun City, is also known as Father Silas. He coordinated the acolyte program for boys 8 years old and older.

Fairfield Police said Ruark photographed the alleged victims naked and that most of the incidents occurred at the church when the pastor was alone with the victims. 

The incidents involving the five alleged victims, who are now 20 to 24 years old, go back to 1994.

According to detectives, the alleged victims had been targeted as young as age 13. 

Ruark was taken to the Solano County Jail on Thursday. 

The Fairfield Police Department is still trying to identify possible victims of Ruark and asks that anyone with information that may help identify victims, or if they themselves are victims of Ruark, to contact the Fairfield Police Department Investigations Bureau at (707) 428-7600, or the 24-hour tip line at (707) 428-7345.


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