WILDOMAR: Youth pastor charged with molesting children over 18 year span

WILDOMAR — A local youth pastor has been arrested and charged with five felony counts related to molesting children. According to sheriff’s officials the molestations took place over a nearly 20-year time span.

Officials have not specified how many victims the suspect has been accused of molesting, or if the victims were related to him or involved the churches where he is or was a youth pastor.

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The alleged suspect, 45-year-old, Malo “Victor” Monteiro, remains in custody on $225,000 bail. Various sources indicate the alleged suspect resides in Wildomar; however, sheriff’s officials stated Monteiro resides in Colton. According to several social media pages, Monteiro is self-employed and attended Perris High School and Faith Baptist Academy.

Malo “Victor” Monteiro was arrested yesterday and charges with five counts related to lewd acts with children. RSO booking photo

At least two of Monteiro’s social media pages indicated he is or recently was affiliated with Faith Baptist in Wildomar and Menifee Baptist Church, but officials did not specify if the alleged crimes involved those or other churches.

After an “extensive” months-long investigation, authorities assigned to the Wildomar Police Department arrested Monteiro yesterday morning. He was apprehended in the area of Lemon St. and Citrus Grove in Wildomar.

Monteiro was booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta late yesterday afternoon on suspicion of assault with intent to commit mayhem, rape, sodomy, oral copulation; lewd acts with a child between 14 and 15-years-old; sexual penetration with a foreign object by force, fear, or threats; lewd acts with a child younger than 14 by force, fear, or threats; and providing harmful materials to a child younger than 14.

Additional charges could be filed at Monteiro’s July 31 arraignment, scheduled at Murrieta’s Southwest Justice Center.

The sheriff’s investigation into Monteiro’s alleged criminal activities began in June when Wildomar PD received a report of lewd acts that had allegedly been committed by a local youth pastor, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant James Woodland explained in a press release yesterday afternoon.

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Based on the circumstances, investigators from the Riverside Sheriff’s Lake Elsinore Station assumed the investigation and “determined several victims had been sexually assaulted when they were juveniles,” said Woodland, who explained the alleged incidents happened between 1999 and 2017.

Wildomar PD’s investigation is active and ongoing.

Anyone who may have further information is encouraged to contact Master Investigator Pelato at (951) 245-3300. Callers can refer to incident file number WI181630011 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 47, recently moved to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations, including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook, as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and The Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 27 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 14 – soon to be 15 – grandchildren.

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