Fort Myers Youth Pastor Faces Additional Charge

Naples Daily News [Fort Myers FL]
February 20, 2007

An additional sex charge has been tagged on to a Fort Myers youth pastor who was arrested last week on multiple sex crimes against children.

Elantonio T.O. Gomez, 50, of 4790 South Cleveland Avenue, No. 1303, was arrested Feb. 12 and charged with molesting and raping two boys under the age of 15. A third child told Lee County Sheriff's detectives Saturday he also was molested in 2005. The boy, who is under 16, reported he was at Gomez' house playing video games and fell asleep. When he awoke, Gomez was fondling him, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.

One of the first victims who came forward, a boy under 15 years old at the time of the abuse, reported he was molested and raped a few times a week over the course of 11 months. The second boy, who was under 13 at the time, reported the abuse lasted over the course of a few years.

Gomez was a youth pastor at the Safe Harbor Church in Fort Myers. He is currently in custody at the Lee County Jail.


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