Police officer accused of encouraging teen to get abortion
Posted at: 07/30/2012 10:24 PM
| Updated at: 07/30/2012 11:26 PM
By: Joe Vigil, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Noah Pestak is accused of getting a 15-year-old girl pregnant when he was a Truth or Consequences police officer.
At issue now is whether he encouraged her to get an abortion to hide the alleged sexual affair.
Pestak was 29 when, according to court documents, he had sex with the teenage girl.
A criminal complaint indicates he picked her up as a runaway when he was with the police department. Documents say Pestak and the girl later communicated on Facebook and then had sex.
Some think Pestak then married the 15-year-old to avoid facing charges. They were married in a courthouse ceremony in May.
But last week, Pestak was charged with statutory rape. He is also charged with tampering with evidence. The Sierra County Sheriff's Office says that is because he tried to get the girl to have an abortion.
The criminal complaint indicates Pestak gave her $425 to pay for the abortion, but she missed the appointment and then decide not to have the procedure. The complaint indicates Pestak then asked for his money back and got it. The girl and her father then reported the incident, concerned that Pestak would not provide for the baby.
He turned himself in last week and has since bonded out of jail.
KOB Eyewitness News 4 has tried to contact Pestak and his attorney, but so far we have not heard back.
Pestak is no longer with the police department.