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8-Year-Old's Letter to Jesus Busts Child Molester

  • Carrie Dedrick
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2015 Jun 12
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A letter to Jesus written by an 8-year-old girl led to the arrest of a child molester in Ohio. 


According to, the girl left the letter in a Bible at her elementary school. It described the sexual abuse she endured at the hands of 37-year-old Eric Rivera, and pleaded with Jesus to make him stop. 


The child had been abused for two years. 


Police raided Rivera’s home and found pornographic material. Rivera pleaded guilty to sexual abuse and distribution of obscene material and now faces up to 25 years in prison. 


Rivera’s sentencing is scheduled for July 13. 


Assistant Commonwealth’s attorney Kate Bennett said, "Although 25 years doesn't seem like enough for the defendant to serve based on the heinous and unspeakable crime he committed, it saves the child victim from being further traumatized by reliving her nightmare of abuse.”



Publication date: June 12, 2015