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RPD Gives Thousands Of Tax-Payer Dollars To ROC

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RICHMOND, VA—The ROC has made headlines with the recent arrest of two of its pastors, and now some are asking why the Richmond Police Department continues to fund the religious organization with thousands and thousands of tax-payer dollars.

The Richmond Police Department gave more than half a million dollars to the ROC for crime prevention programs at two Richmond high schools. In addition to the $540,000, the department says it awarded an additional $1,000 so the ROC could host a National Night Out event and another $1,125 for a community holiday party.

ROC head pastor Geronimo Aguilar, known as "Pastor G," was extradited Friday to Texas, where he faces seven felony charges, including the aggravated sexual assault of two children under the age of 14.

Now, a second pastor is in trouble with the law; ROC executive pastor and former Henrico County Police officer Jason Helmlinger has been charged with making threats against an 8News source in our on-going investigation, 8News confirmed.

Major Steve Drew with the Richmond Police Department says the department's partnership with the church would in no way influence any investigation of complaint against the pastor or the church.

Both Aguilar and Helmlinger have temporarily stepped down from their positions at the church, The ROC announced on its website.

Wednesday on 8News at 6, Investigative Reporter Kerri O'Brien pushes for answers.


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