ROC executive pastor ‘voluntarily’ steps down

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - The Executive Pastor of the Richmond Outreach Center (ROC) has "voluntarily removed himself from his pastoral duties" after he was charged with a misdemeanor, according to a statement on the center's website.

Pastor Jason Helmlinger was charged with using profanity over a public airway, according to court documents. Helmlinger was released on summons.

"This will remain in effect until his situation has been resolved. He will also seek counseling regarding this issue. The Board of Directors of the Richmond Outreach Center is in agreement with his decision," the ROC statement read.

Helmlinger is due in court in early June for an arraignment.

The announcement comes days after ROC pastor and founder Geronimo Aguilar, know locally as Pastor G, was arrested and flown to Texas to face charges that he sexually abused two girls in the 1990's.

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