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Youth Pastor Charged with Child Rape and Molestation

carp-youth-ministerCARPENTERIA — A youth pastor at a Carpinteria  church is in custody on child sex charges.

Louis Joseph Bristol, 28, is charged with multiple counts of child molestation, child rape, lewd acts upon a child and furnishing an illegal substance to minors.

Bristol was arrested on Wednesday afternoon after he surrendered to Sheriff’s Detectives at the Carpinteria Station.

The arrest follows an investigation into allegations that Bristol used his position as a high school youth pastor at the Carpinteria Community Church and his job as an assistant manager at the Holiday Inn Express to commit crimes against two female juvenile victims.

Bristol met the two teenagers at church and is alleged to have sent them inappropriate text messages and photos.

The investigation revealed that Bristol sexually molested and raped the victims.

For one of the victims, the abuse happened on more than one occasion.

The crimes took place between late 2012 and early 2013 in vacant rooms at the hotel that Bristol had access to as an employee.

The investigation also revealed Bristol furnished and sold marijuana to the victims and others in the youth group.

Bristol is being held on $2 million bail.

Detectives have reason to believe there may be more victims out there.

If you have any information related to these crimes or can help identify others who may be victims as well, call Detective Chris Corbett at 805-684-5405 ext. 424 or call the anonymous tip line at (805) 681-4171.

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