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Black Collar Crime: Evangelical Clothing Company Founder Jesse Aceves Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for Sexually Molesting Three Children

Jesse Joshua Aceves

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In 2020, Jesse Joshua Aceves, the founder of the Christian clothing brand The Way and an active participant in the Christian hip-hop community, was charged with sexually molesting three children.

The Daily Bulletin reported:

Fontana Police Department officers have arrested a Beaumont man on child molestation charges.

On June 17, the P.D.’s Investigations Unit and Fugitive Apprehension Team located Jesse Joshua Aceves, 33, leaving his residence.

Aceves was taken into custody on numerous charges of child molestation, which had allegedly been occurring for the past 17 years. The three victims were known to Aceves at the time, police said.

Detectives have developed information which led them to believe there may be additional victims.

Last week, Aceves was convicted and sentenced to thirty-five years in prison.

The Fontana Herald News reports:

A man who was arrested by the Fontana Police Department nearly three years ago has been convicted and sentenced to 35 years in state prison.

On June 17, 2020, the Fontana P.D.’s Investigations Unit and Fugitive Apprehension Team located and arrested Jesse Joshua Aceves leaving his Beaumont residence.

Aceves was charged with numerous counts of child molestation, which had been occurring for the previous 17 years. Three victims were identified in the case, the P.D. said in a Facebook post.

Last month, Aceves was convicted of his crimes.

Church Leaders adds:

Jesse Joshua Aceves, who founded the Christian clothing brand The Way and had been active in the Christian hip-hop music scene, was convicted last month of “numerous” charges of child molestation. The 36-year-old, who was arrested in California back in 2020, has been sentenced to 35 years in a state prison.

According to police in Beaumont, California, they arrested Aceves three years ago “for numerous charges of child molestation, which had been occurring for the past 17 years.” At the time, Aceves was suspected of molesting three children, all of whom reportedly knew him. But police suspected that there might be additional victims and encouraged any to come forward.

The case began, police said, when a victim alleged that Aceves had molested her when she was between the ages of 4 and 17. A department spokesman said, “When she learned of another victim being abused by the same suspect, the two victims reported it to patrol officers and detectives became involved, at which time detectives learned about the third victim.” The convictions stemmed from sex-abuse incidents that occurred in both California and Texas, according to the spokesman.

Bruce Gerencser, 66, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 45 years. He and his wife have six grown children and thirteen grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist.

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