PATRICK MARINI

PATRICK MARINI

Patrick Marini - Abbotsford Police Department file photo

AbbyNews.com – May 23, 2012

An Abbotsford pastor has pleaded guilty to sexual assault. The plea stems from an incident on Feb. 11 which involved a 15-year-old boy.

Patrick Marini, 69, entered his plea in Abbotsford provincial court on Wednesday morning. He was originally charged with both sexual assault and sexual interference of a person under 16.

Marini was charged after a teenage boy told his mother about an incident that allegedly occurred with Marini. The matter was then reported to and investigated by Abbotsford Police.

Marini will now undergo a psychological examine as part of the pre-sentence report before returning to court at a later date.

An online profile describes Marini as a missionary/pastor who has ministered in Canada, the U.S., India, Africa and Europe. He previously lived in Ontario and Saskatchewa

A former Abbotsford pastor and missionary has been found guilty of attempting to lure a 12-year-old boy from a library with an offer of new shoes. Patrick Marini, 71, was charged after an incident at the Abbotsford Public Library on George Ferguson Way on June 25, 2013.
A former Abbotsford pastor and missionary has been found guilty of attempting to lure a 12-year-old boy from a library with an offer of new shoes. Patrick Marini, 71, was charged after an incident at the Abbotsford Public Library on George Ferguson Way on June 25, 2013.PHOTO BY SUBMITTED

A former Abbotsford pastor and missionary has been found guilty of attempting to lure a 12-year-old boy from a library with an offer of new shoes.

Patrick Marini, 71, was charged after an incident at the Abbotsford Public Library on George Ferguson Way on June 25, 2013.

The boy had been dropped off at the library by his mother, and was sitting on a couch in the children’s section reading comic books when he was approached by Marini.

The boy said Marini told him his shoes looked worn, and repeatedly invited him to go with him to buy a new pair.

According to court documents, Marini told the boy: “Oh, come on, I’m just trying to help you out with your footwear.”

The boy steadfastly refused Marini’s offers and Marini eventually left him alone. The boy testified he had no physical contact with Marini.

The incident was witnessed by a woman who reported the incident to library staff. Staff managed to identify Marini through his library card.

After a three-day trial in December, Justice Kenneth Skilnick found Marini guilty of attempting to entice the child away from his parent.

The judge acquitted Marini of a second charge of attempted kidnapping because there was no evidence Marini made preparations to confine or restrain the boy.

Marini was also charged with breach of conditions.

He had been under a conditional-sentence order not to have contact with anyone under age 16 after pleading guilty to sexual interference in a separate incident in his Abbotsford home in 2012.

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