Grass Valley Pastor Arrested For Failing To Register As A Sex Offender
If being true to your faith means forgiving the sins of others; the Life Fellowship Church of the Nazarene is free of a heavy burden. Pastor Mike Cornelison and his church are openly accepting the help of a convicted sex offender, "You know as a christian we do believe that Jesus Christ changes peoples' lives. He changes, he forgives the past and creates a new person in christ. And, Paul is one of those guys."

Paul, is Paul DeBaufer; hes been volunteering at the church since July of last year. The 52 year old man is the pastor of Media and Technology, and Cornelison says he's never part of activities involving children, "He's under very strict supervision by myself and the district and by the credentialing board." We're told the small congregation of 40 people does know about his background.

DeBaufer was convicted in the state of Illinois as many as 25 years ago for committing Indecend Liberties with a Child and Child Pornography. As recently as a year ago he volunteered at the Parkside church in Auburn; and, again, we're told he received glowing references. He also works with the homeless at the Hospitality House Shelter in Grass Valley.

In nearby downtown Grass Valley the news was met with shock and sympathy. Suzanne Dower is a parent, "I wouldn't feel comfortable having someone who's done anything like that around my family or my children." Jim March was in town for an antque show, "You've gotta give everybody a second chance. So, I wouldn't condemn the man for that in itself," he says.

The 52 year old man was registered as a sex offender in Auburn, but he failed to do the same in Nevada County when he moved to Grass Valley last summer. DeBaufer is not a certified pastor, but Cornelison says he was thoroughly investigated by two church's. And, as an ex-prison guard the pastor thinks he's a good judge of people, "He's a totally different person today than he was 20-plus years ago." But FOX 40's John Lobertini asked, "Did you know him 20-plus years ago?" and the answer was "No."

Cornelison says hes known DeBaufer for about a year and the once convicted sex offender was removed from the Megan's Law registry back in March. A check by FOX 40 confirms DeBaufer's name is not on that registry.

Paul DeBaufer is being held in the Nevada County Jail on $10,000 bond.