Church founder held, suspected of assault
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
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.