A former social worker and worship leader from Rancho Cucamonga suspected of repeatedly sexually abusing a child was arrested earlier this week, and now investigators are searching for anyone else who may have been victimized.
Dexter Carl Pleasure, 51, was arrested at his home in the 10700 block of Church Street in Rancho Cucamonga (map) after authorities linked him to a report Monday describing the possible sexual abuse of a child under the age of 10, according to a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Pleasure, who spent 20 years as a social worker with a private foster care agency and is a worship leader at a church in San Bernardino, has allegedly been sexually abusing the child for the past several years, according to the news release.
Pleasure was booked on suspicion of oral copulation with a child under 10 and continual sexual abuse of a child under 10, the Sheriff’s Department stated.
He was being held on $350,000 bail and was scheduled to appear in court Thursday.
Over the course of his career, Pleasure had contact with a large number of children. He would often visit with the kids and sometimes take them to doctor’s appointments, the Sheriff’s Department stated.
Detectives believe others may have been sexually abused over the past 20 years due to Pleasure’s access to young children and have asked anyone with information to contact them at 909-477-2800.
Anyone wishing to remain anonymous was urged to contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or can leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.