FAIRFIELD — The former youth pastor of The Mission Church in Vacaville on Wednesday made her first court appearance since her arraignment in August on felony sexual assault charges involving a 16-year-old parishioner.
Destiney E. Smith has previously pleaded not guilty to two felony unlawful oral copulation charges involving the unidentified boy.
Smith was ordered back to return to court Oct. 24, when a date for a probable cause hearing may be set, according to her attorney, Barry Newman.
Court records state that in early August, Vacaville police were contacted by a church official who had previously met with Smith and her husband. The church official told police Smith admitted having a relationship with the boy for a few months and having sex with him.
Smith was arrested Aug. 27 and posted $40,000 bail shortly after being booked into the jail.
The 16-year-old boy told investigators that he and Smith “made out” at her Vacaville home a few times earlier in the year and that in June they met two times at Keating Park in Vacaville before walking to isolated locations in the hills west of the park, where they engaged in sexual activity, according to court records.
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