Anaheim Police Arrest Pastor on Suspicion of Multiple Sexual Assault Charges, Including Lewd Acts With a Minor; Additional Victims Sought

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A pastor in a Spanish-speaking community has been arrested on suspicion of multiple sexual assault charges, including lewd acts with a minor, and police believe there may be more victims, officials said Friday.

Rolando Fuentes is seen in a booking photo released by the Anaheim Police Department on Jan. 31, 2020.
Rolando Fuentes is seen in a booking photo released by the Anaheim Police Department on Jan. 31, 2020.

Rolando Fuentes, 53, a pastor at Centro Familiar Cristiano Peniel Church, was arrested by police Thursday on suspicion of multiple lewd acts on a minor, rape, sexual battery, domestic battery and child annoyance.

Police said some of the assaults were believed to have happened at the church, located at 225 N. State College Blvd., which serves a Guatemalan and Spanish speaking community in Anaheim, police said.

Police have identified three victims so far and said Fuentes had access to them through the church.

"There does seem to be a relationship to his trusted position as a pastor and the crimes that he's accused of committing," Sgt. Shane Carringer said.

Police said any additional victims, who may have not yet been discovered because they are from the Spanish speaking community, are urged to come forward.

"The Anaheim Police Department is here for you. Our duty is to protect all members of the Anaheim community regardless of race, or legal status," police said in a statement.

Fuentes was being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of Fuentes is asked to call the Anaheim Police Department at 714-765-1697.

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