A volunteer at a church in Southern California has been charged with sexually abusing two underage sisters, including assaulting a 16-year-old girl in the church itself, and he’s looking at a maximum of seven years.
Chee Lim Chook, a 55-year-old man who volunteered at the River of Life Community Church in Diamond Bar, was arrested and charged with two felony counts each of oral copulation of a person under 18, sexual penetration of a person under 18 and distributing or showing pornography to a minor. He’s also charged with one count of unlawful sexual intercourse.
Despite the seriousness of the charges, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office frames the story in a passive manner. Specifically, prosecutors said in their news release that Chook had “a sexual relationship with a minor” and molested her sister.
A volunteer at a church in Diamond Bar has been charged with having a sexual relationship with a minor and molesting her younger sister, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.The alleged sexual conduct with the 16-year-old victim occurred at the church where the defendant volunteered, the River of Life Community Church, on or between November 2016 and November 2018.
Chook is charged with molesting the victim’s sister on or between February 2018 and February 2019.
The defendant faces a possible maximum sentence of seven years in state prison if convicted as charged.
Chook was arrested in March, and the reports from the first victim came in February. That victim, now 18, said she had been in a “sexual relationship” with the defendant when she was just 16 years old.
The victim stated that the suspect would have sex with her at the church as well as provide her with pornography to watch.
Less than two weeks from the reported incidents, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), Special Victim’s Bureau detectives arrested 55 year-old Chee Lim Chook, an Asian male and resident of Rosemead, for unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and oral copulation of a minor.
The Sheriff’s Department also said at the time that they “believe there may be additional victims.”
Despite the solid evidence, the charges amount to a maximum of seven years’ imprisonment. We will have to see what happens when this case goes to trial.