Pastor Accused of Fleeing with 16-Year-Old Parishioner Returned to Minnesota

Gustaro Resendiz Talabera, accused of criminal sexual conduct, was returned to Minnesota from Illinois on Wednesday and will make his first court appearance on Thursday.

OUTSIDE ST. PAUL, MN -- A local pastor accused of running away with a 16-year-old parishioner after possibly getting the girl pregnant was returned to Minnesota on Wednesday and is scheduled to make his first court appearance today.   

Gustaro Resendiz Talabera, 39, of West St. Paul, is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony with a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. He is also facing two gross misdemeanor charges of deprivation of custodial or parental rights, each of which has a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine.  

Talabera, who was captured last week, arrived at the Dakota County Jail in Hastings about 7 p.m. Wednesday after being extradited from Illinois, where he and the girl were found Sept. 27.

Authorities say Talabera called his 15-year-old son Sept. 26 and allegedly said he was having an affair with the girl, and that she might be pregnant. Talabera said they were planning to flee to Mexico, where Talabera has relatives, according to court documents.

The girl, who turned 16 in June, sent a text message to her mother and stepfather, telling them that she wanted to “start a new life” with Talabera and asking them to keep police out of it, according to the criminal complaint

The girl was taken into protective custody after she was found in Illinois with Talabera.

Talabera was scheduled to appear in court at 11 a.m. today.

Roxanne Furlong October 05, 2012 at 02:22 PM
The pedophile did not "flee" or "run away" with the girl, he kidnapped her. The writer, much like commenter, Harris, obviously has an immoral opinion of the girl and believes she is old enough to make mature decisions. She is not and if you think she is, you probably shouldn't be around children under 18.
Laura October 06, 2012 at 01:06 AM
No one knew this relationship was taking place? Someone had to of known. And he calls himself a man of the cloth, he needs to be fixed like the dog he is. His church needs to file charges against him.
John Harris October 06, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Roxanne: you cant tell me that in the time they were gone, she couldnt find ONE time to call for help, or run ...dont tell us that..she needs to share blame and serve the samd as him..and to JULIE, Theres thousands of unwanteds that have NOT been adopted and one reason is our gov't allows foreign adoption, which should be outlawed..nuff said...
Just Lil O'Me October 12, 2012 at 06:55 AM
1) I haven't seen a single reference in any story to where this man is a pastor ... What church? 2) it is considered "kidnapping" even if she went willingly because she is a minor and he took her across state borders without permission Of her parents ... Technically it should be a federal felony - he should be getting lots of jail time 3) "freedom of choice" is just that - you can not say you are for what many people dub "women's health" and then take away that choice simply because you don't agree with her circumstances ... It is up to HER whether she will keep this child or not. 4) unless you've been living on a deserted island for 30 years you surely have seen plenty of news exposés of clandestine meetings of pedophiles & the bait ... Unfortunately this type of thing goes on everyday 5) there is nothing wrong with foreign adoption, those children need love too and often a better life than they will ever get in their home country.
John Harris October 12, 2012 at 04:05 PM
No way should there be a law such as #2 in your comment..she dropped her drawers willingly and kidnapping shouldnt apply here..she's a childwhore and got caught.. she had ample opportunity to escape, if you think she was taken against her will...and foreign adoption is wonderful, IF the adoption is with people in HIS/;HER OWN COUNTRY..we have too many AMERICAN CHILDREN here who need a home FIRST, before we take some foreign country whores brat...I suppose you are a tree hugger too..You bleeding heart butts are the reason our country is in trouble..we arent strict or tough enough and let everyone else run over our a$$'s and we just turn the other cheek..Its time to stop helping the rest and take care of LEGAL AMERICANS FIRST...nuff said...


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