Another religious-right figure is on the hot seat for inappropriate behavior and hypcrisy: The Colorado Independent reports that Focus on the Family Spanish-language broadcaster Juan Alberto Ovalle, 42, faces felony charges after being caught using the Internet to try and lure a 15-year-old girl for sex. If you don’t know Ovalle, he’s the voice on FOTF’s Spanish-language Bible CDs and markets Christian-themed tapes. Here, he shares admonitions against unlawful fornication from 1 Corinthians.
Ovalle “came to know the Lord at the age of 14,” according to a Web site offering his Spanish Bible narration for sale, and founded Spanish Christian Audio in 2001 to “help Christian organizations with their audio needs.”
After first encountering the officer who was posing as a 15-year-old girl in a chat room last week, Orvalle made “sexually graphic statements in a chat room to a person he believed to be an underage teen,” the district attorney’ office said. When the undercover officer said her mom wouldn’t be home the next day, Orvalle said he was “horny” and made arrangements to come to her house, according to an arrest affidavit cited by The Post.
Officials expect Ovalle to be charged formally Thursday with two felonies ‚Äî criminal attempted sexual assault on a child and Internet luring of a child. The Independent reports that his bail was set at $25,000; at the time of this writing, he was still behind bars.