Youth Pastor Accused of Sexual Relationship with Teen

By Nathan Wright and Lacey Nadeau
San Clemente Times

December 18, 2008,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=1441&cntnt01dateformat=%25B%20%25d%2C%20%25Y&cntnt01returnid=99

A Capo Beach youth pastor was arrested today on suspicion of sexual involvement with a minor.

The suspect, 28-year-old Daniel Pedroza, is a junior high school ministry pastor at Capo Beach Calvary Church in Dana Point. He is a resident of the city. His arrest followed a child abuse report authorities received from social services. The report claimed a female minor—somewhere between 14 and 17—had become sexually involved with her youth pastor, said Orange County Sheriff’s Department Spokesman Jim Amormino. He said the victim met Pedroza when she was in junior high, and that she had known him for a little while before the report was filed.

Pedroza is accused of six felony counts, including three counts of unlawful sex with a minor. No official charges have been filed by the district attorney’s office. Pedroza is in custody and is being held on $100,000 bail.

Officials at the church where Pedroza is employed have reportedly been cooperating with authorities.


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