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Monica Jensen
County Attorney's Office

Former Pastor Pleads Guilty and is Sentenced for Criminal Sexual Conduct
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Gustaro Resendiz Talabera, age 39 of West St. Paul, pled guilty to one count of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Third Degree and was sentenced this afternoon to 60 months in prison by Judge David Knutson in connection with an affair he had with a 16-year-old parishioner of the church in which he served as a pastor in West St. Paul.  The two counts of Deprivation of Custodial/Parental Rights have been dismissed.  Talabera will also be required to register as a predatory offender and was ordered to pay restitution to the victim.   
Talabera, who is not a U.S. Citizen, was previously deported following his conviction of Controlled Substance Crime in the Third Degree (a felony) in 2003 in Anoka County.  He returned to the U.S. illegally.  It is expected that he will face deportation again upon completion of his prison sentence. 
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Backstrom commented: “We are pleased to have brought this defendant to justice for this serious crime.”

Backstrom praised Assistant County Attorney Jessica Bierwerth who prosecuted the case.  Backstrom thanked the West St. Paul Police Department for their thorough investigation into this matter.

If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.