By Savannah Smith  |  01-16-2018   News
Photo credit: Ontario Police

A youth pastor was arrested by Ontario officials over allegations that he sexually abused two children.

The Ontario Police announced that Gerardo Custodio, Jr., youth pastor at Iglesia La Familia De Dios, was arrested for sexual abuse incidents that allegedly took place between 2012 and 2015.

Investigators interviewed on January 14 two young women who reported they were victims of Custodio.

Custodio’s father is the senior partner at the church along North Euclid Avenue.

The first victim shared she was only 14 years old when the abuses happened, including some incidents at the church which took place between the years 2012 and 2014.

The other victim said she was 15 when her encounters with the younger Custodio happened between 2014 and 2015.

Police said the 30-year-old youth pastor of Upland, was arrested on suspicion of several counts of engaging in lewd acts with a minor.

Custodio faces additional charges involving both young victims. His bail was set at $3 million.

Investigators also released a photo of Custodio in the belief that there could be more victims.

Past victims of Custodio, if any, are encouraged to also come forward with their experiences and reach out to the authorities. Anyone with any relevant information can also call the Ontario Police Department at 909-986-6711 or Detective Jeff Zeen at 909-395-2744.

The church where the suspect serves as the youth pastor and his father a senior partner has yet to release a statement on the matter.

Source:

http://ktla.com/2018/01/15/ontario-youth-pastor-arrested-on-suspicion-of-sexually-abusing-2-children/

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