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San Jose Youth Pastor Sued for Abuse, Preacher Roommate Also Charged with Child Molestations

SAN JOSE – January 30, 2021 Convicted child molestor Pablo Gerald Boas, a youth pastor at San Jose’s largest church, is being sued by a victim of his crimes occurring nearly 25 years ago. Boas’ roommate, David Earnest Brimmer, was also both a pastor and child molestor. Both men are registered sex offenders in the state of California.

Boas resigned from his position at Jubilee Christian Church in 1992. In 1995, Boas pled guilty to eight counts of sexual abuse against children ages 10 to 15 whom he met while working at the church. Plaintiff John Doe was one of these children. Doe’s abuse occurred on church premises when Boas provided private music lessons as Jubilee’s music pastor. 

Doe’s is one of the first lawsuits made possible by Assembly Bill 218, a measure that provides anyone who was molested as a child with three years to seek justice through civil lawsuits, no matter when the crimes took place. Called a “widow,” the bill is similar to a measure enacted in 2003 covering abuse by any individual at any institution, not just the Catholic Church. These “widows” exist to protect children and prevent cover-ups, holding predators and institutions accountable for their crimes. Assembly Bill 218 was passed by an overwhelming majority in the state legislature, and was signed into law by California Governor Gavin Newsom in October 2019.

Boas pled guilty just days before his trial, and faced a maximum of three years under a plea agreement negotiated by his lawyer and the district attorney’s office. “If he had gone to trial and been convicted, Boas would have faced up to 15 years if found guilty,” said then-Santa Clara County prosecutor Ray Mendoza, according to news accounts. 

Boas had first worked at Jubilee as a janitor where his longtime friend Reverend David Earnest Brimmer was the lead associate pastor. Brimmer was also accused of molesting several boys ages 11 to 16 from 1989 to 1993 and was found guilty after two days of jury deliberations in Santa Clara County. He showed no remorse and was sentenced to 19 years.

Until their resignations, Brimmer and Boas were respected leaders in their 6,500-member church. Jubilee is now informally known as Redemption Church, claiming 14,000 members and five branches. The church calls itself the largest non-denominational church in San Jose, and hosts an annual conference at which prominent pastors appear including Michael Pitts, T. D. Jakes, and Paula White who was hired by former President Donald Trump.