Updated – Pastor Jose Campoverde Arrested For Molesting Children


45-year-old Jose Campoverde of Anaheim, California is the pastor of a church called Ministerio Cristo Vive, a small congregation located in a strip mall behind the dollar store there in Anaheim. He has been accused of molesting four members of his church and has been charged with lewd conduct with a minor, sexual battery, child annoyance and false imprisonment.

Police first started investigating Campoverde after a 17-year-old girl said that Campoverde fondled her while driving her home back in May. All four of his victims live in church-provided homes for the needy. During the two week investigation three other girls ranging in age from 13 to 17 admitted that they had also been molested by Campoverde. He was arrested on September 23rd.

According to the Orange County Register Campoverde has been a pastor in Anaheim for eight years and prior to that he was in LA. Law Enforcement is looking into his past in Los Angeles.

Update 10/13/09 – Campoverde is due to be arraigned later today on the charges that he molested four young girls in his congregation between April 2007 and September of 2009.

I don’t know if it’s why he left law enforcement or not but in 1992 Jose Campoverde was convicted for the sale or distribution of drugs.

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