Pastor suspected of abusing girl; police believe there may be more victims

By Jason Anderson
December 28, 2016

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STOCKTON - Stockton police have arrested the pastor of a local church on suspicion of sexually assaulting a young girl, and investigators believe there are additional victims.

Oscar Rodriguez-Gutierrez, 51, was arrested on suspicion of lewd or lascivious acts with a child younger than 14 years of age, authorities said. He is being held at San Joaquin County Jail with bail set at $3.85 million.

Detectives suspect Rodriguez-Gutierrez of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl. The Stockton Police Department identified Rodriguez-Gutierrez as the pastor of a local church, but at this time investigators are not revealing the name of the church he is affiliated with, said Community Service Officer Rosie Calderon, a spokeswoman for the Stockton Police Department.

The investigation into the alleged sexual abuse is ongoing, police said. Detectives believe there are more victims. They are encouraging anyone with information regarding the investigation to call the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377, Detective Pilar Battaglini at (209) 937-8165 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600.

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $10,000. Callers can remain anonymous.

Cellphone users can text information to 274637 (CRIMES) by entering the keyword "TIPSPD" followed by their tip. Internet users can visit the Police Department's Facebook page and click "Submit a Tip."



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