24-year-old youth pastor Yanhao â€œEricâ€ Ren of the Rowland Heights community in California was arrested on Monday, the 13th of July after police found him in the back seat of a car with a 13-year-old girl on a highway.
He was a pastor at the Evangelical Formosan Church for two years. In May, he began a sexual relationship with the teen. The teen met Ren while she was attending youth programs at the church.
On Sunday, July 12th, the California Highway Patrol found him parked with the girl off of Highway 330 and conducted a welfare check.
Ren and the teen were questioned and told the investigators that they had a sexual relationship.
Ren has been charged with five counts, including sex crimes with a child under 14, sodomy with a child under 14, oral copulation with a child under 14, penetration with a foreign object with a child, and kidnapping.