Alleged Child Molester in Custody, Awaits Extradition

Yuma Sun
July 28, 2008

A 75-year-old man is in custody in the San Bernardino County Jail pending extradition to Yuma to face child sex charges.

Aurelio Aguilar was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service in Ontario, Calif., last week on a Yuma County indictment charging him with molestation of a child, sexual conduct with a minor and continuous sexual abuse, the Marshals Service said in a news release.

Jennifer Wells, spokeswoman for the marshals' Yuma office, said Aguilar is believed to be a former pastor, although she said she did not know if he had ministered in Yuma.

He is also facing child molestation charges in Buckeye, Ariz., the release said.

Aguilar's arrest came after the Yuma County Attorney's Office asked the marshals' Child Predator Apprehension Team in Yuma for help July 3 in locating Aguilar. In the course of an investigation, marshals gained information that he might be in Ontario, the release said.

He was arrested without incident Friday afternoon after he was spotted sitting on a porch at an Ontario home, the release said.

The Child Predator Apprehension Team is part of the Marshals Service WANTED Fugitive Task Force and specializes in capturing offenders who commit crimes against children. The Arizona WANTED task force has elements in Yuma, Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff.

"The Child Predator Apprehension Team will waste no time in going after these predators that prey on our children, and will continue to make it one of our highest priorities," said David Gonzalez, U.S. marshal for Arizona.


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