Second former Wildomar youth pastor faces child molest charges – arrested in PA
WILDOMAR — A second person formerly connected with a Wildomar church has been charged with molesting at least one child, after another person from the same church was charged – and recently pleaded guilty – to similar charges involving numerous victims over a nearly 20-year span. Both men were youth pastors at Faith Baptist Church’s affiliated school in Wildomar.
Authorities began investigating former youth pastor Paul Fox Laverne, aka: Laverne Paul Fox, 60 – who also served as the school’s principal – last June, according to sheriff’s officials. His name came up while officials were investigating allegations against another youth pastor at the same independent fundamental Baptist church and school, Malo “Victor” Monteiro.
Laverne was eventually tracked down to Erie, Pennsylvania; where he was arrested by State Police July 1. He has since been extradited back to California and now faces multiple felony charges related to the ongoing investigation.
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Sheriff’s officials began investigating accusations against members of the church in June, 2018, after receiving reports that youth pastor Monteiro sexually assaulted “several victims” when they were children. The alleged molestations happened between the years of 1999 and 2017, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Glenn Warrington has since reported.
That investigation ultimately led to Monteiro’s arrest and conviction, after he pleaded guilty Nov. 13, to four counts of lewd acts on a child of 14-15 years of age, two counts of sexual penetration with a foreign object, and one count of attempted copulation of a minor, all felonies. He was later sentenced to five years and four months in prison.
During that “months-long” investigation, officials learned of a second former youth pastor and principal at the same church affiliated school had possibly victimized a young girl between the years of 1991 and 1992, Warrington explained.
Former youth pastor and school principle, Paul Fox Laverne, aka: Laverne Paul Fox, 60, was tracked down to Erie, PA, where he was arrested on multiple felony charges involving molesting a girl. Former youth pastor Malo “Victor” Monteiro was previously charged in the same investigation and pleaded guilty last November to multiple felony charges involving several young victims. Monteiro was sentenced to five years and four months in prison.
Based on their investigation, Riverside Sheriff’s authorities began searching for Laverne, eventually tracking him to Pennsylvania, where he was arrested July 1.
He was eventually extradited back to California Monday, July 29, and was booked into Robert Presley Detention Center on several felony charges related to sexual assault on children. His charges include lewd acts with a child younger than 14 with force or fear, sexual penetration of a minor, and oral copulation with a juvenile.
Jail records indicate Laverne was released from custody the day after he was booked into jail, after posting $120,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned at Murrieta’s Southwest Justice Center, Oct. 2.
Based on the circumstances, officials believe there may be additional victims who have not yet come forward or been identified.
Anyone with information about this ongoing investigation or who believes they were victimized by Laverne or Monteiro is encouraged to immediately contact Investigator Klemp at (951) 245-3300. Callers can refer to incident file number WI182280035 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.
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