Brandon pastor charged with molestation - FOX 13 News

Deputies: Pastor told victim sexual contact would 'cure medical condition'

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A 44-year-old pastor from Brandon has been arrested on three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation.

Francisco Rios, who is the pastor at Casa De Amor Church on West Windhorst Road, is accused of having sexual contact with a 12-year-old, 17-year-old and 43-year-old.

Deputies say the incidents with the 17-year-old happened 15 times over the past three years. She told authorities that Rios touched her inappropriately "because he loved her as a Pastor." She also claims he told her that she couldn't tell anyone because he would get into trouble.

In the encounters with a 43-year-old, deputies say in April 2013 Rios convinced the woman that his touching would "cure a medical condition."

The 12-year-old victim said Rios had inappropriate contact with her two times a week for the past year.

Deputies say they were alerted to the case after all three talked to each other about what happened.

The investigation continues Friday.

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