“I never expected to get an award out of this. I’m really honored,” he said.
Ricardo Avalos Maffey, 44, was the pastor of Apostolic Christian Church in San Clemente and met the victim when she was about 8 or 9 years old. According to Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker, he became a “quasi-father figure”. Jurors saw e-mails between the pastor and the victim that charted the progression of their relationship as it escalated.