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Brandon pastor denied bond in molestation case

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Rios, 44, is being held without bond at the Hillsborough County Jail. Rios, 44, is being held without bond at the Hillsborough County Jail.
BRANDON FL (WFLA) - A Brandon pastor facing sex-related charges made his first appearance before a judge Saturday morning in Tampa.

Francisco Rios was denied bond. He is being held at the Hillsborough County Jail on three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation.

The 44-year-old leader of the Casa de Amor Church on West Windhorst Rd. was arrested on Friday without incident at his home. According to a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office report the crimes occurred on church grounds.
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Investigators became aware of the allegations in August, 2013 the report states. All three victims are female and two of them are teenagers. One of the victims in the case claims Rios made inappropriate contact with her on 15 occasions beginning in 2011.

The suspect told the victim he was doing this because he loved her as a Pastor. Rios also told the victim not to tell anybody because he could get in trouble. One year ago the suspect touched a 43-year-old victim and convinced her he was doing so to cure a medical condition.

The youngest victim was molested approximately two times a week for the past year investigators say. The crimes came to light when the three victims began talking to each other.

Additional charges may be filed against Rios as the investigation continues.

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