A man who admitted to molesting nine boys during a weekend church event eight years ago has been killed in a prison fight with another inmate, Georgia Department of Corrections officials confirmed earlier this month.
“Agents have reason to believe offender Cesar Pastrana died as a result of injuries sustained during an altercation involving another inmate on March 13,” the prison authority said in a press release.
“GDC, in conjunction with the GBI is conducting an investigation into the death, as standard procedure,” it added referring to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Pastrana, a former school as well as church volunteer, was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 after pleading guilty to multiple accounts of child molestation and aggravated sodomy involving nine boys.
His arrest came days after a weekend “Thrive” “lock-in” event at a private home in 2012 sponsored by the NorthStar Church in Kennesaw, Georgia, a northwest suburb of Atlanta in Cobb County.
An original 15-count indictment charging Pastrana also referred to incidents of abuse that began as early as 2007.
His arrest warrant included a mention of a physical injury he caused at his home to a 14-year-old boy during an incident the previous fall.
Pastrana initially denied the accusations. Two of the nine boys were relatives of his.
Pastrana was banned from Barber Middle School as a volunteer two years prior to his arrest, Cobb police confirmed at the time. Cobb County Schools did not reveal the reason for Pastrana’s removal.
However, NorthStar Church pastor Mike Lynch said at the time the organization conducted a background check on Pastrana.
Although the GDC gave no reason for the altercation with the other inmate, Pastrana’s death is the third reported killing of a convicted child molester in prison in less than two months.
Forty-one-year-old Jonathan Watson admitted to the San Jose Mercury News in February that he beat and killed two convicted child molesters in a California prison in January.
Watson beat one man who was watching children’s programming on a communal TV, and, while going to turn himself in to a prison guard, beat a second man convicted of child abuse to death.
“As I got to the lower tier, I saw a known child trafficker, and I figured I’d just do everybody a favor,” Watson told the Mercury News. “In for a penny, in for a pound.”