SA pastor in Perth sentenced to 10 years for paedophilia

File: Dawid Volmer, a South African pastor who emigrated to Australia in 2013, plead guilty to charges of drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl. Photo: FreeImages / Palmer Cook

PERTH - A South African pastor, who emigrated to Australia to set up a branch of the Acts Christian Church there, has been sentenced to ten years in jail for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

The Acts Christian Church headquarters are in Midrand.

Forty-one-year-old Dawid Volmer, who is married with two children, moved to Perth in 2013 to set up another branch of the church there. 

Volmer reportedly put an advertisement online, on Craigslist, seeking a "sexual massage".

The girl's father offered his teenage daughter in reply to the advertisement and Volmer had sex with her.

Volmer plead guilty to several charges, including drugging and raping the girl.

Volmer's sentence was reduced by two years after he agreed to testify against the girl's father and other men who allegedly had sex with the girl.

The German Press Agency, on Friday, reported that Volmer was fired from his post as a pastor at the church and the branch he headed up is in the process of shutting down.

Back in July, when the charges first surfaces, Acts Christian Church leader Reverend Peter de Fin told ABC News that he was disappointed in Volmer and not happy to be associated with such a crime.

He said, "We don't make any excuses for a minister of the church behaving in this way."

Efforts to get further comment from the Acts Christian Church were unsuccessful.

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