Fairfield Pastor, Former Police Officer Accused of Child Molestation Enters Not Guilty Plea

Suisun City resident Robert Eugene Ruark entered a plea of not guilty in a Solano courtroom. Ruark, also known as Father Silas to the St. Timothy Orthodox Church parish, is accused of molesting three individuals.

It’s a side of the criminal justice system that Robert Eugene Ruark never thought he would be on, but on Monday afternoon Ruark donned a black and-white-striped jail jumpsuit to hear child molestation charges brought upon him by the Solano County District Attorney’s office.

Ruark, 65, who goes by Father Silas over at St. Timothy Orthodox Church, entered a plea of not guilty to 27 felony counts of lewd acts upon a child and one felony count of dissuading a victim in the Solano County Superior courtroom of Judge E. Bradley Nelson.

According to the complaint filed by Solano Deputy District Attorney Mary H. Nguyen, Ruark is charged with molesting three individuals. He is accused of molesting one person from August 2001 through July 31, 2006.

On June 23, 2012, Ruark attempted to dissuade the victim from testifying against him in court the complaint reads. Nguyen alleges that the abuse against the person began when the individual was 13 years old. The victim is now 23 years old.

In her complaint, Nguyen also charges Ruark with lewd acts upon two females, one for a period of about a year, and the other for a period of about two years.

The next phase of the case against Father Silas, as people at St. Timothy’s know him, is scheduled for Aug. 23, a readiness trial in which a preliminary trial date may be set.

Ruark was well-known in the community. The last time he appeared in the news was in this article published by the Fairfield Daily Republic. In that story, Ruark told the paper that he was not expecting to ever see again three brass bells stolen from St. Timothy's by thieves. He also told the paper that he is a former police officer. However, the paper did not report from where Ruark served and protected.

Back in Oct. 28 2003, Ruark was honored by the Solano County Board of Supervisors with a plaque for his 14 years of service to the county working as a welfare fraud manager for its department of health and social services.

On Thursday, the Fairfield Police Department took Ruark into custody at his Suisun City home. Police said that Ruark allegedly took nude photographs of the victims and committed molestations at the church.

Meanwhile, Deacon John Dibs of St. Timothy Orthodox Church declined comment to Suisun City Patch, stating he had other church matters to tend to. Ruark posted a bond of $500,000 and is free on bail, awaiting the next phase of the case against him.

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UndividedSelf July 03, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Also... have some compassion on the victims and their families.. know one needs to know the initials of the victim, honestly. Have some integrity and take it down.
Carlos Villatoro July 03, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Thanks for the comments. We will not be changing anything about this story. We are not naming anyone in this story. And just to be clear on this... this is an allegation, albeit a serious one. And we are not in the habit of publishing names of victims, which we didn't. That being said. This is still an allegation and it's up to the courts to decide who is a victim and who is guilty. Thanks
Name July 03, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Well Carlos there is an obvious reason why you write for the Suisun City Patch. Anytime there is a sensitive case like this, where families are affected. It is poor journalism ethics to offer up to the audience any details that have to do with the identity of the victims. Must say poor play, but like I said it's clear your abilities to write newsworthy information literally are a day late, and clearly a dollar short. P.S. you want my initials? J.D.
Carlos Villatoro July 03, 2012 at 09:45 PM
J.D. Thank you for the comment. Your opinions are duly noted, but I have to call you out on that one. This is a newsworthy story and I'm sorry if you don't feel it is. But the facts are what they are. There is a man on trial for allegedly molesting at least three people. The initials of this person, J.D., are in the complaint issued by the D.A. In case you think we are the only news outlet reporting the initials in this case, I would invite you to follow the D.R's story about this case as well. Then you can go and drop a comment talking about ethics and journalism credo on their site, in the same way you did on this one.
Daddy July 03, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Hey JD, would you like a medal for not knowing anything about journalism ethics?
Name July 03, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Just suggesting that Rawls "veil of ignorance" should apply here. What is the purpose to include such information? Something pathetic like "it's news" or even worse"people are interested"? Not to mention it is attacking the weak, and the victim. I understand that it is hard not to hurt someone in a case like this that merits a public newspaper. I apologize for my anger, but this is poor journalism. And Daddy, I appreciate that you fully contribute to this discussion with such maturity. Well done on your part, makes the paper even more credible.
Carlos Villatoro July 03, 2012 at 11:01 PM
J.D. you are entitled to your opinion and your choice of news outlet that you read. Thanks for the comments
Nunya Business July 03, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Carlos, As a member of St. Timothy's, I can say with 100% certainty that you have positively identified that victim to anyone at the church. This is reprehensible. I realize that the D.A.'s complaint has the initials, and that anyone desiring the details can find them. I also realize that other news sources are also reporting the initials. But "they did it, too" didn't work with my parents when I was three, and it shouldn't work here, either. I didn't want to know who was involved, lest I accidentally (sub-consciously) treat them any differently than normal. But now I don't have a choice, now do I? Thanks a lot. --S.A.
J.G. July 04, 2012 at 01:45 AM
I also want to request that you take the initials off the report. If nothing else, it is insensitive and harmful to those in this community. It would be very appreciated if you showed compassion.
Carlos Villatoro July 04, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Received an e-mail about this story that has convinced me to remove the initials. Thanks everyone for the comments. We will continue following this story.
J.G. July 04, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Thank you Carlos!
Rosa July 14, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Having been an Orthodox Christian ALL of my life (AKA - "craddle" Orthodox), this is the VERY FIRST time that I hear of anything like this in "our" church - ANY Orthodox church. It breaks my heart and it angers me! It makes me wonder if it has anything to do with being a "convert." I don't know. Bob Ruark came to our church with John Mack (also a convert) and he too had charges brought against him. I don't know what happened with that, as I moved away from the area. However, I find it a tad suspect that Bob & John came together, converted together, and here are the charges! Hummm? Coincidence? Why did they leave their prior church? It is worth investigating (IMHO).


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