Jurupa Valley pastor accused of sexually assaulting minor arrested

JURUPA VALLEY — Authorities who arrested a pastor they say was responsible for sexually assaulting a girl who was attending New Beginnings Community Church in Jurupa Valley are asking for the public’s help identifying other potential victims the man may have assaulted.

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Deputies from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station began investigating the alleged sexual assault Friday, Nov. 8, after a juvenile girl reported she had been the victim of a sexual assault at the church, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Julio De Leon reported after the arrest.

“Deputies learned that Sean Edward Ortiz, a 51-year-old Jurupa Valley resident and Lead Pastor at New Beginnings Community Church, sexually assaulted a minor female parishioner at the church on at least two separate occasions,” De Leon explained.

Investigators arrested New Beginnings Community Church Lead Pastor Sean Ortiz after they say a girl alleged the 51-year-old had sexually assaulted her. RSO booking photo

Based on their investigation, officials located Ortiz at his Whitney Dr. residence in Jurupa Valley where he was arrested. He was subsequently booked into Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on suspicion of two counts of sexual battery involving a minor.

Jail records indicate Ortiz was released the day after his arrest after posting $50,000 bail and he is scheduled to be arraigned at Riverside’s Hall of Justice Jan 9.

The sheriff’s investigation is ongoing and officials have asked that anyone who was possibly victimized by Ortiz or who knows of anyone who was victimized to come forward.

Anyone with information related to this investigation, or who believes they, or someone they know, may have been victimized, is encouraged to immediately contact investigators at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 955-2600. Callers can refer to incident file number JV193120141 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information is available.


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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and 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 29 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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