Ex-Bluffs pastor sentenced to 30-years for sexual assault of a child in NE


February 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A judge in Douglas County, NE, sentenced a former Council Bluffs pastor to 30-years in prison Thursday, for sexually assaulting an 11-year old girl who had turned to him for help in dealing with a family situation. The Omaha World-Herald says 57-year old Efrain Umaña had been charged with first-degree sexual assault. In 2011, Umana was sentenced in Iowa to 35 years in prison for sexually assaulting the same girl as well as at least two women in Council Bluffs. The paper says he pleaded no contest to his assaults of the girl in Omaha in exchange for the prosecution’s recommendation that any sentence in Nebraska be served at the same time as his prison time in Iowa.

All of the assaults occurred in 2004 while Umaña served as pastor of Templo Monte Horeb, a congregation that he eventually left amid accusations of impropriety.