Pastor Jorge Juan Castro was arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Friday. He is accused of raping more than 20 women, many of whom are Spanish-speaking, undocumented immigrants.
The alleged abuse began in October 2004, shortly after Castro took a job as associate pastor at Las Buenas Nuevas Church in Norwalk, and continued until September 2012, the department said in a news release.
Castro was arrested last Friday at his home in Norwalk and was being held in Los Angeles County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail.
The allegations came to light when the women, ages 18 to 39, implicated Castro to a third party who then told detectives, authorities said. The alleged incidents began in October 2004 and continued until September 2012.
During that time, Castro was working as an associate pastor and counselor at Las Buenas Nuevas Church in Norwalk, the department said.
Castro was booked on an arrest warrant listing six felony charges of rape, oral copulation and penetration by a foreign object, authorities said.
Detectives from the county’s Special Victims Bureau were asking for help from the public in identifying any other possible victims.