Salinas Pastor Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault, Child Molestation

Mercury News
January 20, 2006

SALINAS - A North Salinas pastor pleaded guilty to two felony counts of child molestation and sexual assault of a minor, Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo announced Thursday.

Donald Domelle, 65, pastor of the Baptist Temple of Salinas, pleaded guilty to forcibly engaging in oral copulation with a child victim. The girl was developmentally disabled, according to the district attorney's office.

Domelle also pleaded guilty to engaging in substantial sexual conduct with a child under the age of 14. That victim was Domelle's daughter, the district attorney's office reported.

The developmentally disabled victim was discovered when members of the girl's family found nude photographs of the child on Domelle's cell phone.

Domelle's daughter, who is now 25, reported the sexual abuse in December of last year. Domelle began sexually assaulting his daughter when she was 10 years old and the abuse continued until she was 19 years old, according to the district attorney's office.

The pastor will receive a sentence of 15 years to life as a result of his guilty pleas, the district attorney's office reported. He will be sentenced March 2 by Monterey County Superior Court Judge Russell Scott.

Domelle was arrested at his church at 569 Leslie Drive in Salinas on Dec. 21, 2005, according to the Monterey County Sheriff's Office.


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