Thursday, November 10, 2011

Pastor arrested for sexually assualting two teen girls

CORPUS CHRISTI — A 58-year-old former Alice pastor was arrested Wednesday after allegations surfaced that he sexually assaulted three teens two years ago at his church.

Last Friday, the mother of one of the three siblings brought her 18-year-old daughter to the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Office where the teen said she was assaulted by the former pastor when she was 16-years-old.

Sheriff's office investigators then questioned the 58-year-old former pastor who denied any wrongdoing, said Lt. Carlos Araujo of the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Office.

A few days later, a male and female sibling of the 18-year-old woman came forward and said they too were assaulted by the man two years ago when the boy was 13 and the girl was 15, Araujo said.

Investigators believe the teens worked odd jobs at the church and were assaulted on church grounds.

When sheriff's office officials brought the man back for questioning, he told police he assaulted the girls, but not the boy, Araujo said.A warrant was issued for the former pastor's arrest on suspicion of three counts of sexual assault of a child, each a first-degree felony.

Jose Humberto Herrera, 58, was arrested Wednesday at his Alice home off County Road 136.

Sheriff's office officials said Herrera is related to the teens through marriage. He served as pastor at the Baptist church for nearly 10 years.

Herrera was being held Thursday at the Jim Wells County Jail on $180,000 bail.

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