Parishioners Stand by Pastor Arrested in Prostitution Sting

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John Oselsky had plenty of support at his church Thursday evening.

Not in his corner though, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department who arrested Oselsky Wednesday, along with 23 others, during a prostitution sting.

“He went to the gas station to pump gas,” said Vlad Sonnik who came to the Grace Family Church in Carmichael for bible study Thursday. “From what I heard two women came up to him, and right after that the police came.”

Another parishioner said, “Everybody does mistakes. I don’t really know what happened. It could be untruthful or not.”

Oselsky is the senior pastor at Grace Family Church, which mostly serves the Slavic community in Carmichael. According to his biography, Oselsky has four children with his wife.

“He is 100 percent innocent,” said a parishioner. When asked how the man who identified himself as a church volunteer knew of Oselsky’s innocence he replied: “The mistake was done by the Sheriff’s Department and police.”

Oselsky did not come to the door at his Loomis home Thursday, nor did he show up at the bible study that evening. Parishioners who did attend seemed sympathetic for both the church and their pastor. “I hope our church will unite and won’t condemn him. But instead really love him and do everything what is required from us to help restore.”

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