Ex-Church Volunteer Gets Life for Molestation

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MARIETTA, Ga. -- September 22, 2012

An ex-church volunteer has pleaded guilty to sexually molesting nine youths and will serve a life sentence.

Cesar Pastrana pleaded guilty Friday in a Cobb County courtroom.

Authorities said Pastrana met victims while volunteering at NorthStar Church in Acworth. Investigators said Pastrana confessed to police after initial allegations were made against him.

The families of the victims have filed a lawsuit against the church, arguing the abuse could have been prevented.

Church officials told WSB-TV that they could not comment because of the ongoing investigation. Pastrana is an illegal immigrant from Mexico.

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