FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 64-year-old church minister who allegedly committed sex crimes with a child.
Bernardino Villalobos owns and serves as a priest at La Obra De Jesus Christian Church in Del Rey.
Investigators fear there may be more victims linked to him.
Investigators say they found enough evidence to arrest Villalobos after a victim came to the sheriff’s office claiming she was sexually abused by Villalobos in 2017. That victim is still a juvenile today.
Investigators found enough evidence to take Villalobos into custody on one count of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14.
This is not the first time Villalobos has been arrested on sex crime charges. He is listed on the Megan’s Law website as a registered sex offender.
His offenses are listed as rape with violence and sodomy with violence. He was convicted in 1993, served a prison sentence and was released in 1994.
It is unclear how long ago Villalobos opened his church.
Sheriff’s investigators believe that because Villalobos has a large following, there are likely other unreported cases.
They believe there may be more victims and are urging them to come forward.
If you have information to help with this investigation, please call Detective Andrew Moreno at (559) 600-8222 or (559) 600-8144. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867 to remain anonymous.
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