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Former Canadian pastor back in custody in SLO Co., sentencing postponed

Posted at 10:39 AM, Jan 16, 2019

Sentencing for a former Canadian pastor guilty of arranging to meet with a minor for lewd purposes on the Central Coast was pushed back to next month.

Nathan Rieger in court Jan. 16. KSBY photo
Nathan Rieger in court Jan. 16. KSBY photo


Nathan George Rieger was arrested on Aug. 10 after arranging to meet with whom he believed to be a 15-year-old girl for sex. It was actually a sting operation set up by the Arroyo Grande Police Department. Rieger was taken into custody when he arrived at the set meeting place.

A San Luis Obispo County jury found him guilty in December.

Although Wednesday’s sentencing was postponed to Feb. 20, Rieger, who was out of custody prior to sentencing, was seen in court being handcuffed.

He faces up to four years in prison.

According to CBC, Rieger was a pastor at Winnipeg Centre Vineyard Church but has resigned from the position.

Former Canadian pastor found guilty of arranging to meet withteen for sex

Nathan George Rieger
Nathan George Rieger