El Paso County minister arrested Wednesday accused of impregnating 14-year-old

Romello Leach

An El Paso County minister arrested on suspicion of multiple counts of sexual assault on a child is accused of impregnating a 14-year-old girl, arrest records show.

According to an arrest affidavit, Romello Leach, 22, and an unidentified girl whose parents Leach knows from church had sexual intercourse at least twice since late 2016.

Leach was arrested and booked into the El Paso County jail Wednesday. He faces four counts of felony sexual assault by one in a position of trust with someone under the age of 15 and four counts of felony sexual assault by one in a position of trust with someone between the ages of 15 and 18.

Arrest records show the girl did not tell anyone about her pregnancy until her mother noticed in May that she had "a larger belly." On May 17, the affidavit said, her mother took her to the Colorado Springs Pregnancy Center, where they told an employee that the daughter had been impregnated by Leach. The daughter said she and Leach had sexual intercourse twice - once in November 2016 and again in February or April 2017.

The employee reported the pregnancy to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, and deputies responded to the 8000 block of Parsonage Lane in an unincorporated area of El Paso County east of Cimarron Hills.

The affidavit details a recorded telephone conversation obtained by deputies in which Leach's ex-wife asked him, "So you didn't sleep with that girl and get her pregnant?" Leach replied, "It happened."

She then asks why he would sleep with a 14-year-old girl and get her pregnant when he knows her parents. Leach said "he knows he has made the worst mistake" and that "it is not like he will go around and sleep with everybody's 13 or 14-year-old daughter," the affidavit says.

During another recorded phone call between Leach and an unidentified person from Nov. 21, arrest records say Leach admitted to having sexual intercourse with the girl on at least four occasions and being the father of her child. He "admitted the behavior was wrong," and said he was "full of lust" at the time.

The affidavit says the girl gave birth to the child, which Leach admitted was his, on Sept. 15, about two months after her 15th birthday.

Records show that Leach previously lived in Charleston, S.C. A Facebook page for Leach said he worked as a counselor with the Charleston County School District; as a soldier and in human resources with the U.S. Army; and as an administrative assistant with Glazier Clinics.

Representatives of the Army and Glazier Clinics did not immediately respond to confirm Leach's employment. Fort Carson spokeswoman Dee McNutt said the base had no record of Leach having served there.

Attempts to reach Leach's ex-wife were unsuccessful.

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