FAIRFIELD — After months of delays, a probable cause hearing was scheduled Wednesday for 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, was arrested in July 2012. He has 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 molested them between 2001 and 2007 when they were juveniles, either at the Central Way church or during sleepovers at Ruark’s home in Suisun City.
Judge E. Bradley Nelson ordered Ruark to return to court Feb. 21 for the start of a probable cause hearing that’s expected to last two days.
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