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Local Pastor Arrested On Multiple Child Molestation Charges

Robert Ruark, of Suisun City, was a pastor at St. Timothy Orthodox Church. He is also known as "Father Silas" according to police.

By Bay City News Service

A pastor at a church in Fairfield was arrested Thursday on suspicion of molesting at least five victims as far back as 1994, police said today.

Fairfield police were contacted Thursday by clergy of the diocese represented by St. Timothy Orthodox Church, located at 4593 Central Way.

The diocese had learned of possible molestations by one of their pastors, 65-year-old Robert Ruark, who is also known as "Father Silas," according to police.

Detectives worked all day interviewing potential victims and witnesses in the case and eventually identified five victims, all of whom are now adults and said Ruark committed lewd acts upon them when they were as young as 13 years old, police said.

Ruark also allegedly photographed the victims in a nude state, and committed many of the molestations at the church, where the victims had been left alone with him, according to police.

At about 9:45 p.m., officers went to Ruark's home in the 1400 block of Spence Court in Suisun City and arrested him on suspicion of multiple charges related to the alleged molestations, police said.

Investigators are still trying to identify other possible victims in the case and are asking anyone with information to contact the Police Department's investigations bureau at (707) 428-7600 or its 24-hour tip line at (707) 428-7345.

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Lynn Reedwisch Lisiewski June 29, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Why is it called child molestation isn't it rape? Are we not diminishing the crime and the victims?
Wayne Morin Jr June 29, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Throw away the Key. And to all victims my prayers. Sue the heck out of the church.
David Ryan (Editor) June 29, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Rape and molestation are criminal legal terms. Although it may seem like a game of semantics, molestation is used to be more accurate referring to sexual misconduct with a child.

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