Focus fires employee accused of Internet luring

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado Springs-based Christian ministry has fired a worker accused of soliciting sex from a minor via the Internet.

Focus on the Family Spokesman Gary Schneeberger says 42-year-old Juan Alberto Ovalle was fired Thursday after he was formally charged with criminal attempted sexual assault on a child and Internet luring of a child.

Ovalle had worked for Focus on the Family since 2003 as a Spanish-language translator of radio broadcasts and other programs.

Authorities say Ovalle was arrested April 3 when he drove to Lakewood to meet someone he thought was a girl under age 15. He allegedly started chatting online April 2 with the person, who was an undercover officer.

A phone number for Ovalle couldn't be found and it's not clear if he has an attorney.

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