Lead Pastor at New Beginnings Community Church Accused of Sex Abuse
The lead pastor at New Beginnings Community Church in Jurupa Valley has been accused of sexually abusing an underage female church member. 51-year-old Sean Ortiz was arrested on November 8 on suspicion of two counts of felony sexual battery.
Ortiz is accused of sexually abusing the alleged victim on at least two separate occasions. The girl contacted deputies with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department to report the alleged abuse on Friday and Ortiz was arrested at his home the same night.
After being booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center, Ortiz posted $50,000 bail and was released.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has announced that this investigation is ongoing. Other potential victims have been asked to call the Jurupa Valley sheriff’s station at 951-955-2600.
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Legal Options For Church Sex Abuse Victims and Their Families
After working as a sex crimes prosecutor for many years, attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com now represents victims of sexual abuse in civil lawsuits. Here are a few thoughts from Brian on the legal options available to church sex abuse victims and their families:
Sexual predators often work from positions of trust, including in leadership positions in churches and other religious organizations. These predators exploit the trust of their communities in order to commit heinous crimes against children.
When a church clergy member is arrested on sexual abuse charges, it’s important to ask how the crime may have been prevented. Some of these cases only happen because of negligence by the religious organization, such as ignoring previous complaints of inappropriate behavior by the accused clergy member.
In cases of negligence, victims of church sex abuse may have grounds for a lawsuit against the church.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual abuse by a pastor or another religious clergy member, you can learn more about your legal options in a free consultation with one of our experienced sex abuse victims lawyers.
Location of New Beginnings Community Church in Jurupa Valley, CA
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