Colorado Springs man pleads guilty to child sex assault

Posted at 6:16 PM, Jun 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-05 20:16:38-04

A Colorado Springs man who was associated with several church groups pleaded guilty to sexual assault on a child Tuesday.

An investigation into 22-year-old Romello Leach began in May 2017, after the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office received information from a staff member at a local pregnancy center. The woman told deputies her teen daughter said she was pregnant and that the father was a friend from their church, however the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said forensic evidence shows Leach was not the father of the child.

Leach was arrested in November 2017 and charged with sexual assault on a child with a pattern of abuse.

The sheriff’s office said Leach was associated with several churches who regularly met at the Satellite Hotel at 411 Lakewood Circle in Colorado Springs, but they said they cannot verify if he was a pastor with those groups.

His sentencing is expected to happen in September.

(This story has been updated to clarify Leach’s role with church groups and his relationship to the teenager’s child)