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East Austin pastor charged with child sexual assault

According to the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, Ruben Garcia, 59, is an associate pastor at Betania Baptist Church, located at 1117 Tillery St. (Photo courtesy: Hays County Sheriff's Office)

A pastor at an East Austin church has been arrested for child sex assault charges out of Nueces and Hays counties.

According to the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, Ruben Garcia, 59, is an associate pastor at Betania Baptist Church, located at 1117 Tillery St.

He was arrested Monday afternoon in Buda after a surveillance operation.

Authorities say Garcia was the subject of an arrest warrant following a child sex assault investigation in late 2015 by the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office in Corpus Christi. He's also facing charges in Hays County for an investigation that began in early 2016 -- two counts of sexual assault of a child and one count of indecency with a child by sexual contact.

Authorities are urging anyone with children who encountered Garcia in an inappropriate manner to contact police.


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