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A former volunteer pastor was arrested in San Juan Capistrano on suspicion of multiple counts of felony child molestation, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) said in a press release.

OCSD Special Victims Detail investigators arrested Jose Andres Lopez, 67, of Mission Viejo, for allegedly committing multiple lewd acts on an underage girl beginning in 2010. Lopez was arrested on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Jose Andres Lopez, 67, of Mission Viejo, was arrested by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) for alleged child molestation. Photo provided by OCSD.

“Lopez previously volunteered as a pastor at Pacific Hills Calvary Chapel in Aliso Viejo between 2003 and 2005,” the press release said. “He also volunteered at Compass Bible Church in Aliso Viejo between 2012 and 2020.”

The female victim, who was under 10 when the alleged molestation began, is said to have known Lopez. Sheriff’s investigators were initially contacted about the alleged sexual assault in August.

“Due to Lopez having continued access and contact with children over the past 17 years and his role with the church, investigators believe there may be additional victims,” the press release said.

Contact the Special Victims Detail at 714.647.7419 if you have any information, or report anonymous information through Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1.855.TIP.OCCS.

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  • Please know that Jose Lopez only volunteered at Compass Bible Church as parking and crowd control. He had never volunteered with kids in any capacity. Many church’s including Compass Bible Church run background checks on every volunteer who serve ministries that include children.

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