Prosecutors: Ohio pastor read scripture while sexually assaulting teen

Cesar Guerrero (Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

CINCINNATI (AP) — Investigators say a Cincinnati-area pastor charged with a sex crime involving an underage girl told the teen she needed to be cleansed from being molested as a child.

Authorities say 38-year-old Cesar Guerrero has been charged with sexual battery and that they are investigating whether there are any other victims.

Prosecutors say Guerrero read Bible scripture and prayers while forcing the 17-year-old girl into sex acts. He was arrested Wednesday.

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He is a pastor at Misión Cristiana El Calvario in Sharonville near Cincinnati.

Prosecutors say he used this position to convince the teen into believing that the word of God said she needed to be cleansed.

There were no court documents listing an attorney for Guerrero. There was no answer at the church on Friday.