Thursday, September 16, 2010

Pastor Leonel Pelayo Arrested

California: A pastor has been charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in his South Los Angeles congregation.

Carson resident Leonel Pelayo, 45, pastor of Iglesia Apostolica Monte de Horeb, was arrested Thursday and charged with six felony counts, including lewd acts with a minor and unlawful sexual intercourse, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Police said Pelayo befriended the girl in a church group. Between July and mid-August, he allegedly took her to several vacant buildings, where he sexually assaulted her, police said.

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