Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Lake Forest so-called Apostolic Pastor charged with sexual assault


Posted by CotoBlogzz  

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA  - Oscar D. Perez, a Lake Forest  pastor faces trial today for sexually assaulting five young parishioner boys in his Lake Forest apartment, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) office,

Perez, 69, Lake Forest, is charged with 22 felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14 and  four felony counts of lewd acts on a child.  Opening statements are expected to begin today, Tuesday, July 3, 2012.

Perez is accused of representing himself as an Apostolic pastor and bishop in a church that rented space at St. George's Episcopalian Church in Laguna Hills. Perez is accused of meeting his five victims through the church and gaining their trust by befriending their families and having the boys assist with church services. 

Between 2007 and 2011, Perez is accused of sexually assaulting the five victims on one or more occasions beginning when the boys were 9 to 15 years old. All of the sexual assaults occurred while the victims were visiting or sleeping over at his  defendant's apartment. 

Sometime after the sexual assault of John Doe #1 in 2011, the victim told his mother about the abuse and she reported it to the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD), who investigated this case. The subsequent investigation led to the discovery of John Doe #2.

The defendant was arrested and charged for the first two victims in September 2011. Based on continued investigation and media coverage, OCSD discovered John Does #3, #4, and #5, and Perez was charged by the Orange County District Attorney's Office for the additional sex crimes in January 2012. 

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