Baptist Pastor Anthony Lavon Smith was arrested for allegedly molesting two girls, one of whom was 11. The abuse took place over several years.
Anthony Lavon Smith, 47, of Rialto was taken into custody at Carter High School about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday while he was picking up a family friend, police Capt. Randy DeAnda said.
"We do believe that there are other victims at his church, and we'll be contacting the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detective bureau to let them know about our investigation," DeAnda said.
Smith has been a pastor at Jericho Baptist Assembly in Compton since April 2001, following in the footsteps of his father, Willie L. Smith, who also preached at the church, according to the church's website.
I bet his father is a proud pastor now.
The abuse took place over a period of years.
Police say one of the alleged victims, now 29 years old, was 17 when she was last molested. She is a relative of Smith who now lives in a different state, DeAnda said.
Police say the other alleged victim, now 17, was 11 when she was first molested
It gives you the willies. How can a man preach on Sunday and then go on to molest little girls. It still blows my mind.