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Pastor Arrested For Allegedly Raping Parishioners

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Norwalk, CA -

(FOX 11 / CNS) The sheriff's department has just announced the Sept. 13 arrest of an associate pastor of Las Buenas Nuevas Church in Norwalk for allegedly sexually assaulting some adult female parishioners from 2004 to 2012.

Jorge Juan Castro, 53, of Norwalk was taken into custody at his Norwalk home, and was booked on suspicion of rape and other offenses. Castro is being held in lieu of $2 million bail.

 

From Gina Silva:

A church pastor is accused of raping female parishioners and threatening to have them deported.

The suspect is 53 year old Jorge Juan Castro, the associate pastor of Las Buenas Nuevas Church in Norwalk.  L-A County Sheriff's detectives arrested him for allegedly, sexually abusing several female parishioners. Women who range between the ages of 18 to 39 years of age.

Many of the victims are Spanish-speaking undocumented immigrants. The suspect allegedly threatened the victims by telling them if they reported him, he would have them deported and ridiculed in public.

According to the Sheriff's special Victims unit, the alleged sexual assaults took place between October 2004 to September 2012.. As many as 20 women have made allegations against Castro.

Sergeant  Al Garcia with LASD says, "He used the word God as a mode to get them to conduct several sex acts.  He said that he would cleanse them of any wrongdoings, demons they may have. After the assaults he threatened to report them to immigration or subject them to public ridicule if they disclosed the sexual assaults."

The suspect was booked on six charges of rape, oral copulation and penetration by a foreign object.  He is in custody with bail set at $2-million dollars .

Sherriff's detectives are asking for your help.  If you or anyone you know has information on this case please contact  Sheriff's Special Victims Bureau at 877-710-5273. 

 

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