Youth Pastor Accused of Sexual Relationship with Teen

By Chris Caesar
The Orange County Register

December 18, 2008

DANA POINT – Capo Beach Calvary Church's junior high ministry director was arrested at the church this morning on suspicion of having a "sexual relationship" with a teen-age female enrolled in his program.

Daniel Pedroza, seen here in a staff photograph for Capo Beach Calvary Church, faces six sex-related felonies for what authorities say was a "relationship" with a minor under his purview at the church.

Daniel J. Pedroza Jr., 28, of San Clemente, will be charged with six felony charges, Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino said.

"We received a child abuse report from social services, detailing that a minor female between the ages of 14 and 18 disclosed she had been engaged in a sexual relationship with her youth pastor," he said.

Investigators arrested Pedroza at the Capistrano Beach church around 10:30 a.m. today.

“I’m aware that there is an investigation going on, and I am fully cooperating with the authorities,” the church’s pastor Craig Whittaker said.

He declined further comment on the case, citing on-going the investigation.

Amormino said investigators think there may be additional victims, and urged anyone with more information to contact the Sheriff's Department at 714-628-7170.

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