California Pastor Arrested On Suspicion of Sexually Assaulting Minor

Riverside County Sheriff's Department
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Pastor Sean Ortiz of Jurupa Valley was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting an underage member of his church, according to NBC Los Angeles.

The 51-year-old lead pastor at New Beginnings Community Church stands accused of assaulting the girl on at least to occasions, Riverside County Sheriff's Sgt. Julio De Leon said in a news release.

A girl reportedly told deputies last week that a sexual assault had occurred at her church, and Ortiz was subsequently arrested at his home, the news release said. The pastor was booked on suspicion of two counts of felony sexual battery but was released after posting $50,000 bail.

In a statement posted on the church’s Facebook page, officials said they “are aware of a possible situation concerning Sean Ortiz.”

"We want to be proactive and err on the side of cautionary proper practice, so we are making you aware of this today,” the statement continued. “The board will keep you informed as the situation would dictate. Thank you for your trust and know that we care about each person which calls Jurupa Valley Campus their family and their home."

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