(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
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
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.