Members of the Living Faith Christian Center in Oak Harbor Wash. are really the forgiving type, almost to a fault. Well, actually to a fault.
It seems that a member of their church, 21 year old Nathan Martinez has made a few mistakes, but since he's been such a helpful member of the church- volunteering as a youth counselor at the church, teaching Sunday school and showing kids how to dance- they just feel it would be wrong to hold those mistakes against him.
Now, everyone makes mistakes, but when you look at the mistakes Martinez has admitted to making, along with the ones that police currently suspect him of- you might want to check the Living Faith Christian Center off your list of possible future places of worship.
Martinez admitted to molesting three boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 13 since June 2007. He had been babysitting the children, whom he had met at his church, at the time.
But wait, the church has an explanation for this behavior of 'loving' him anyway:
Some of the alleged victims could be members of the church, police said, but church members aren't so sure.
"Now see, we don't know that was his intention to target anyone. So we can't make that assumption ourselves," Burleson said.
The Oak Harbor man only admitted to molesting three children, but police have already identified eleven additional victims, not all of whom had been babysat by Martinez.
Yeah, he went to the church, befriended families and babysat for at least 3 kids from there, but that's not the reason he went to the church... oh, no... he went there to share his love of God with other like minded people. Or something like that, right?
Source, and info about contacting police for those with any knowledge of the case.