Hypocrite of the Week #12: Pastor/Police Officer and Church Shame His 16-Year-Old Victim

What could be worse than a police officer/pastor abusing his power to have a sexual relationship with a minor? Imagine that the community and church members were shaming and blaming the victim, while proclaiming the offender innocent. That’s exactly what happened recently in the Bronx.

Officer Vladimir Sosa, an officer with the NYPD, is also a pastor at Iglesia Metodista Libre el Remanente in the Bronx. He has been arrested and is facing charges of rape, sexual misconduct, sex abuse, and endangering the welfare of a child after allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old girl he met at his church.

“He abused his two positions of authority, both public and vestal,” Bronx Assistant District Attorney Joelle Morabito said.

He is affiliated with the Iglesia Metodista Libre El Remanente on E. 180th St. in Tremont, the Bronx, where he met the teen, but often travels to preach at other houses of worship, said colleague Fernando Gonzalez, who helped found the church in 2001.

Gonzalez couldn’t believe the charges the Bronx cop is facing.

“It’s not true,” he said, adding that he’s always trusted Sosa with his three daughters. “It’s being made up.”

“Vladimir might have been trying to help the female in question with her spiritual life,” he said. “It might have happened that because of her young age, she confused the situation.

“Vladimir might have been trying to help the female in question with her spiritual life,” he said. “It might have happened that because of her young age, she confused the situation.

But a family friend of the victim, who want to remain anonymous, described the girl as an “innocent” who was seduced by the older man.

“She’s doing very bad … she used to be a top student, a virgin, a girl that was in love with God and this man seduced her,” said the woman, who also knew Sosa. “She is crying, very depressed … I can say that he destroyed her life.”

“This man used to be a good man, but only God knows when he let the devil take control of his life,” she said.

The teen’s family learned of the relationship when the girl’s mother found some incriminating texts on her child’s cell phone last month.

The teen admitted the relationship to her mom, who alerted authorities, according to police.

While it is clear from the story it seems that Sosa had a relationship with the girl, it is still illegal and an abuse of power from a pastor and police officer.

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