Church founder held, sus­pected of as­sault

Antelope Valley Press - - NEWS -

ANA­HEIM (AP) — The founder of a South­ern Cal­i­for­nia church has been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of rape and other sex crimes in­volv­ing three teenage girls, po­lice said Fri­day.

Rolando Fuentes, 53, was ar­rested

Thurs­day night.

Fuentes was in­volved with Cen­tro Fa­mil­iar Cris­tiano Pe­niel in Ana­heim, a church he founded about two years ago whose parish­ioners come mainly from the Gu­atemalan im­mi­grant com­mu­nity, po­lice said at a news con­fer­ence.

At one time, he was the lead pas­tor, but his role “had di­min­ished in re­cent months,” Sgt. Shane Car­ringer said.

Fuentes is sus­pected of mo­lest­ing three teenagers he met at the church, po­lice said.

The al­leged vic­tims were in their late teens at the time, although two are now adults, po­lice said.

Po­lice said they be­lieve there may be other vic­tims. Car­ringer urged them to come for­ward even if they might not be in the coun­try legally.

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