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Abbotsford pastor charged with sexual assault

ABBOTSFORD (NEWS1130) – Police are looking for more tips after a pastor from Abbotsford was charged with the sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy earlier this week.

69-year-old Patrick Marini appeared in court on Monday.

Cst. Ian MacDonald says they got a tip from the boy’s mom back in February after the boy spent some time at Marini’s home in Abbotsford.

“Any time you’re dealing with a person where there is that kind of age discrepancy and a person with some authority or stature, you have to err on the side of caution,” MacDonald said.  “So we’re requesting anyone with information about this case to come forward, but additionally and [as a precaution] we have to ensure that if there are any other victims out there we have to make ourselves available to them.”

Marini has been charged with sexual assault and sexual interference.

He has been released on conditions.

Marini has floated around a few churches in Abbotsford in recent years.