A Carmichael pastor caught in a prostitution sting has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor soliciting for prostitution, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. John Ivanovich Oselsky, senior pastor at the Grace Family Church, was one of two dozen people arrested June 11 on suspicion of prostitution-related offenses during the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department sting operation in North Highlands.
Oselsky, 50, initially said he was on his way to check on a new church property and had stopped in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant at a corner of Watt Avenue for a quick burger when two women approached his car and knocked on the window. He told Florin Ciuriuc, the Sheriff Department’s Russian liaison and director of the Slavic Community Center, that he had only $13 in his wallet and didn’t understand what the women were saying.
Oselsky, an immigrant from Moldova, speaks several languages and conducts services in Russian and Ukrainian at the church, which has at least 500 Ukrainian, Russian and Moldovan members, Ciuriuc said.
Oselsky entered his plea Tuesday morning. In exchange, he was given delayed entry of judgment, which means he has agreed to pay a $380 fee and take a 12-hour education class covering a range of criminal topics, said Shelly Orio, spokewoman for the District Aattorney’s Office. If he completes the class, he will be allowed to withdraw his plea at a future court date and the case will get dismissed. If he doesn’t complete the class, he will be ordered to serve 10 days in jail and be placed on probation for three years, Orio said.
Oselsky told The Sacramento Bee he continues to serve as senior pastor.