Pastor Steven Joseph Perez was arrested and charged with molesting a 12-year-old girl. Perez made a classic mistake. See if you can catch it below.
But according to the criminal complaint, the young girl, 12, told police she went to "Pastor Steve's room" one night to watch a movie. She said Perez fondled her. The girl told police she pretended to be asleep because she was scared and uncomfortable.
But Perez told police he's innocent. In his arrest warrant, Perez told police, "we were just wrestling, me and (victim), there was nothing sexual, (victim) is known for lying."
If Perez is a trained pastor (there is not guarantee here), he would not that it is job to resist placing himself in situations were abuse can occur. There is no excuse for the man “wrestling” with a young girl. He should have known better. Every pastor should know better. It should be part of a pastor basic training manual under the chapter title of Protecting the virtue of you and your flock.
Perez was a pastor at God’s Church on the Move in New Mexico.