Two Pastors at Odessa Church Charged For Failure to Report Child Abuse
Staff Report NewsWest 9
ODESSA – Two pastors at The Life Church in Odessa have been charged after failure to report child abuse to police.
51-year-old Donald Haislett and 50-year-old Gina Haislett were both arrested on Tuesday.
As NewsWest 9 reported, back in August, an outcry was made to Odessa Police in reference to a sexual assault involving a youth minister and a teenage girl.
An investigation revealed that Angel De Los Santos started having a sexual relationship with the victim when she was 14-years-old.
De Los Santos was arrested about two weeks later on six counts of sexual assault of child.
The two pastors then conducted their own investigation into the assault with notifying police within 48 hours.
Then on September 24, the pastors were interviewed by Odessa Police detectives and Homeland Security. During that interview, the pastors stated that they were made aware of the improper relationship with De Los Santos beginning on July 30, 2014.
Police say based on the information, the pastors intentionally and knowingly conducted an investigation for three weeks after suspecting the child abuse.