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Pastor from East Palo Alto arrested for sexual assault

At least three victims have come forward to Menlo Park police

A pastor of a Menlo Park church was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexual assault against juvenile and adult victims, Menlo Park police reported.

Victor Elizandro Tax-Gomez, a 47-year-old East Palo Alto resident, is a pastor at the El Senor Justicia Nuestra Church located in the 1300 block of Chilco Street in Menlo Park. The church leases space in another church at that location, police said.

Several people, including at least one juvenile, reported to police that they had been sexually assaulted by Tax-Gomez, police said. There are three alleged victims, according to Detective Jeremy Ordone.

The East Palo Alto man faces six felonies: sexual penetration with a foreign object of a juvenile under 16; sexual penetration with a foreign object of a juvenile; sexual penetration with a foreign object of an adult; a lewd act with a child under 14; a lewd act with a child under 15; and meeting with a minor, under 18, intending to commit a lewd act.

Police interviewed Tax-Gomez at the Menlo Park Police Department and then arrested him.

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Menlo Park Detective Sgt. Ed Soares said in an interview that no further information, including when and where the alleged assaults took place, and the nature of the lewd acts, could not be disclosed due to ongoing investigations.

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Pastor from East Palo Alto arrested for sexual assault

At least three victims have come forward to Menlo Park police

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Uploaded: Thu, Jun 1, 2017, 9:11 pm

A pastor of a Menlo Park church was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexual assault against juvenile and adult victims, Menlo Park police reported.

Victor Elizandro Tax-Gomez, a 47-year-old East Palo Alto resident, is a pastor at the El Senor Justicia Nuestra Church located in the 1300 block of Chilco Street in Menlo Park. The church leases space in another church at that location, police said.

Several people, including at least one juvenile, reported to police that they had been sexually assaulted by Tax-Gomez, police said. There are three alleged victims, according to Detective Jeremy Ordone.

The East Palo Alto man faces six felonies: sexual penetration with a foreign object of a juvenile under 16; sexual penetration with a foreign object of a juvenile; sexual penetration with a foreign object of an adult; a lewd act with a child under 14; a lewd act with a child under 15; and meeting with a minor, under 18, intending to commit a lewd act.

Police interviewed Tax-Gomez at the Menlo Park Police Department and then arrested him.

Menlo Park Detective Sgt. Ed Soares said in an interview that no further information, including when and where the alleged assaults took place, and the nature of the lewd acts, could not be disclosed due to ongoing investigations.

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on Jun 2, 2017 at 11:10 am
Woman, Old Palo Alto
on Jun 2, 2017 at 11:10 am
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