Wednesday, July 18, 2012 |
4 years ago
Christopher Joseph Guardado, a 48-year-old Garden Grove man and volunteer Bible teacher at Calvary Chapel Pacific Coast in Westminster, is sitting in Theo Lacy Jail on suspicion of molesting two girls under the age of 14.
He was arrested on July 12 and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.
The girls told their families last week they had been molested by a family friend, according to Police Lt. Jeff Nightengale of the Garden Grove Police Department. Guardado is a volunteer teacher of 1st and 2nd-grade Bible study classes at the church, authorities said.
According to police, Guardado and the alleged victims, as well as their families, socialized together through the church. The girls told detectives they had been victimized numerous times over the past two years, but most of the abuse happened at Guardado's home in Garden Grove, police said.
Guardado allegedly last molested the girls in June, authorities said. The Orange County Register reports that Guardado was charged with two felony counts of lewd acts with a minor on Jan. 1, 2011.
For a church that hates Catholics, Calvary Chapel seems to be doing their best to imitate pedo-priests.
The Garden Grove Police Department is working with the Orange County District Attorney's office on what charges to file against Guardado. The Garden Grove Police Department is asking anyone with additional information or any additional victims to contact Det. Aaron Nelson at 714-741-5800.