At least Pastor Dino Cardelli is now a former pastor. He resigned from his position at Calvary Chapel but intends to fight the charges against him.
Forty-nine-year-old Dino Cardelli entered his plea Tuesday in Humboldt County Superior Court. He is charged with one count of committing the recurring sexual abuse of a child under age 14, lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, and two counts of oral copulation with a minor.
I don’t think Cardelli will win his case. He made admission of guilt during police interviews. His wife had killed herself after learning of the abuse.
Nancy Cardelli committed suicide on March 21, 2010, by overdosing on the over-the-counter medication Diphenhydramine, according to the Humboldt County Coroner's Office. According to the coroner's report, Dino Cardelli told Deputy Coroner Charles Comer that his wife had been “having some issues with ... their marriage and depression.”
Neel told the court the people believe Nancy Cardelli's suicide was “directly related to the trauma she was enduring” at home. Neel said Dino Cardelli's alleged sexual relationship with the minor ceased after Nancy Cardelli's death, but said Dino Cardelli “acknowledged that it did occur” when interviewed by investigators in this case.
People wonder why I do this and give me hell of going afer pastors who stray from the path. Its because of cases like this one. A popular pastor allegedly grooms a young girl to be his sex slave. Of far off message is that?