A 22-year-old minister in El Paso County, Texas, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl, which resulted in the teen becoming pregnant.
Romello Leach was arrested on Wednesday and currently faces four counts of felony sexual assault by one in a position of trust with someone under the age of 15 and four counts of felony sexual assault by one in a position of trust with someone between the ages of 15 and 18, reported The Gazette.
According to the arrest affidavit, Leach and the unidentified teen, whose parents knew Leach from church, had sex at least twice.
The girl’s parents found out about her pregnancy when they noticed she had "a larger belly" in May and took her to the Colorado Springs Pregnancy Center. At this time, the daughter admitted that she and Leach had sexual intercourse in November 2016 and again in February or April 2017.
The employee reported the pregnancy to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, who sent deputies to investigate.
Additionally, a recorded telephone conversation obtained by El Paso deputies revealed Leach’s ex-wife asked him, "So you didn't sleep with that girl and get her pregnant?"
In the recording, Leach replied, "It happened."
During another recorded phone call between Leach and an unidentified person from Nov. 21, arrest records say Leach admitted to having sexual intercourse with the girl, who is now 15 years old, on at least four occasions and being the father of her child.
The affidavit says the girl gave birth to the child on Sept. 15.
(Photo: El Paso County Sheriff’s Office)