|Sex Offender and Sex Crime News|
|Ex-pastor sentenced as lapsed sex
associate pastor of a San Fernando Valley chapel was
sentenced to 32 months in prison on Tuesday for failing to
register as a sex offender.
Paul Henry Ilger, 50, was
sentenced in Superior Court. He pleaded guilty in February and
could have faced 25 years to life in prison.
Kathryne Ann Stoltz said Ilger "had betrayed that position of
trust. He lied to the congregation."
Ilger, a former
second-grade teacher, was convicted in 1988 of molesting four
students in his San Luis Obispo classroom. After being
released from jail, Ilger and his family moved to Los Angeles,
where he took a position with Hope Chapel of the Valley in
The married father was arrested last June
after police discovered he had failed for nearly nine months
to notify them that he had moved. As a sex offender, Ilger is
required under state law to notify local authorities each time
He was fired from his position last month.
"We've lived and learned a painful lesson," the Rev.
Jeff Fischer of Hope Chapel said outside court.
Fischer has said he and about 30 church elders knew
that Ilger had molested young girls before he was hired, and
restricted his church duties.
At the sentencing
hearing, defense attorney Edward Robinson asked that his
client receive probation, saying Ilger had long ago taken
responsibility for his actions.
But prosecutor Andrea
Thompson said Ilger had committed a "flagrant violation" of
the sex offender law. She noted that some church members had
left children in his care.
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