California Youth Pastor Arrested for Allegedly Committing Lewd Acts on Juveniles

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
July 31, 2018 Updated: July 31, 2018

A youth pastor in California has been arrested for allegedly committing multiple lewd acts on juveniles.

Investigators from the Riverside Sheriff’s Department located and arrested Malo “Victor” Monteiro, 45, on suspicion of numerous felony charges related to sexual assault on juveniles, reported the Valley News.

Police officers said they received a report of the acts in June that the youth pastor allegedly committed.

Police launched an investigation and uncovered several victims who said they’d been sexually assaulted by Monteiro when they were juveniles, between 1999 and 2017.

Montiero, who lives in Colton, was arrested in Wildomar, reported KABC.

He was booked into the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center on suspicion of intent to commit rape, mayhem or sodomy, lewd and lascivious acts with force on a child under 14, lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14, distributing harmful matter and sexual penetration by force, and bail was set at $225,000, reported The Press-Enterprise.

Officials didn’t disclose the name of the church that employed Monteiro, noted NBC.

The Sheriff’s Department spelled the suspect’s name as Montiero and the jail log has it Monteiro.

Anyone with further information is encouraged to call 951-245-3300.


Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.