Jorge Juan Castro, 54, of Norwalk was arrested last week and charged with rape, oral copulation and penetration by a foreign object, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department statement Thursday.
Castro was associate pastor of Las Buenas Nuevas Church in the Los Angeles suburb, but he was removed from the post after church officials learned of the investigation.
“During that counseling session, he would perform certain acts with them in the name of God, telling them that the acts that he’s performing would help them in their problems, whatever they are having, and would sexually molest them,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Al Garcia told KABC-TV.
“He claimed to have healing hands and utilized that process to eventually sexually assault them,” sheriff’s Capt. Robert Esson told the Los Angeles Times.