Beltres, 54, was charged with two counts of sexual battery on a minor. He turned himself into authorities Thursday and is being held without bond at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.
According to Miami-Dade police, the victims, whose relationship to Beltres has not been disclosed, reported the alleged sexual abuse on July 1. They told police that Beltres raped them in May and June at his home in the 300 block of NE 118th Terrace in Miami.
The 10-year-old victim told investigators that the preacher raped her several times in May in front of the younger victim. She also told police that Beltres forced her to perform oral sex on him.
The 9-year-old victim shared a similar story and told police that Beltres raped her several times in June, in front of the older victim. She told detectives that the 54-year-old preacher also touched her breasts with his hands and mouth.
Records show that Beltres is a preacher at Evangelistic Ministry of Columns of Fire, located at 2052 NW 22nd Ct. He has reportedly been affiliated with the church since at least 1996.
Cases of alleged sexual assault involving preachers and minors aren’t uncommon in South Florida. In April, youth pastor Luis Clarke was taken into custody for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl.
Clarke, 38, was charged with over two dozen felony counts, including false imprisonment and sexual battery of a minor. He was ordered held on $660,000. Attorney information wasn’t available at the time.
According to the police report, Clarke is accused of sexually assaulting the alleged victim starting from August 2016, when the victim was 15 years old. The abuse continued for over six months until February 2017.
Investigators said Clarke met the victim at his church in Pembroke Pines, where he worked as a youth pastor. The church was reportedly shut down in 2018.
Clarke had around two dozen sexual encounters with the victim at his home in the 1300 block of NW 143rd Ave. The victim told detectives that the youth pastor picked her up from school and took her to his home, where he would rape her. She also said Clarke took pictures of her in the nude.
The victim told police that Clarke coerced her into keeping their encounters secret by threatening to report her family’s illegal status to immigration.
After his arrest, Clarke reportedly admitted to having two encounters with the victim. Police believe there may be other victims. They are asking any parent or guardian whose child might have come into contact with Clarke at his church to speak with them regarding his alleged behavior.
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