Police Say Pastor Used Demonic Possession As Pretense To Abuse Minor

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The pastor told the 17-year-old she had multiple personalities and that one was demon possessed.

A Florida pastor was arrested earlier this month after reports emerged that he had sexually abused a 17-year-old girl under the pretense of treating her multiple personalities, one of which he claimed was demon possessed.

Gerardo Marinez, 52, was charged with multiple counts of sexual battery.

"It's pretty heinous. It is graphic the way everything happened," said Sgt. Jason Hatcher with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

According to investigators, the "graphic" encounters occurred between April and October 2017. The teenager told deputies about what happened in December.

Detectives said the sexual acts took place at the church, at the victim's home while her parents were gone, and in Martinez's car while it was parked in a Publix grocery store parking lot.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating whether there could be more victims.

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