Evangelic pastor to await sexual abuse trial in Najayo jail

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Evangelic preacher Johan Manuel Castillo Ortega was sent to await his trial in the Najayo Jail of San Cristobal. He is accused of sexual abuse of several girls taking advantage of his role as pastor of the Iglesia Libre church in Los Alcarrizos, in Santo Domingo West.

After one child and her parents came forward to denounce the pastor, others have taken their complaints to the Attorney General Office. The victims say they live in uncertainty and terror. Several of the victims said they were abused in the yard of the church.

The first report came from a 12 year old whose name is omitted for legal reasons. She said when she was eight years old the accused pastor sexually assaulted her by touching her with his hands. She said she had not spoken before because of her shame.

Castillo Ortega was first arrested on 6 June 2024. The judicial hearings began after a mother of two children denounced Castillo Ortega. He was allowed at the time to post bail for RD$50,000 and impeded...

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