February 16, 2005

Sex Arrest Shocks Man's Friends

Los Angeles Times

By Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer

Bob Rohdenburg was not prepared for what he heard over the phone Saturday night.

His longtime friend Jeff Devore, an Orange County pastor, calmly told Rohdenburg that FBI agents were searching Devore's Fullerton apartment and had arrested him on suspicion of trafficking in child pornography.

Rohdenburg and others who know Devore, 53, expressed shock Tuesday over his arrest. Calling him "creative" "quiet" and "well-liked," they said there had been no indication he was involved in child pornography.

"This has just come completely out of the blue," said Rick Marshall, head pastor at Brea Congregational Church, which recently hired Devore. "You can imagine how devastating it is."

After attending services at the 120-member Brea congregation for eight years, Devore became an assistant pastor last month, Marshall said. Considering Devore's musical talents, Marshall said, he had hoped his new assistant would develop youth programs for the church, a branch of the liberal United Church of Christ.

Posted by kshaw at February 16, 2005 04:55 AM