Accused former pastor agrees to delay sexual assault case

By From page A4 | November 14, 2012

Robert Ruark is shown in a photo provided by the Fairfield Police Department.

Robert Ruark is shown in a photo provided by the Fairfield Police Department.

FAIRFIELD — Another delay arose Tuesday in the case of the 65-year-old former pastor of St. Timothy Orthodox Church in Cordelia who faces felony sexual assault charges.

Robert E. Ruark, also known as Father Silas, previously pleaded not guilty to 31 felony sex charges involving children and a felony charge of trying to dissuade a witness.

The charges involve four victims – now adults – who police said were 12- 0r 13-year-old children when Ruark is alleged to have sexually assaulted and photographed them. The victims told authorities that Ruark had molested them when they were juveniles either at the Central Way church or during sleepovers at Ruark’s home in Suisun City.

Ruark, who was arrested in early July, agreed to a three-week delay in setting dates for a probable causes hearing. It is the third time Ruark has agreed to postpone setting the hearing. He remains in jail with bail set at $500,000.

Ruark was ordered back to court Nov. 29 when a date for a probable cause hearing may be scheduled.

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Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • FixFairfield.OrgNovember 14, 2012 - 4:55 pm

    Sad story. Feel sorry for the abused kids. They'll be scarred for life.

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