Local pastor faces rape and sex abuse charges

Local pastor faces rape and sex abuse charges »Play Video

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Detectives with the Portland Police Bureau arrested a pastor accused of sexually abusing eight women associated with a church known as "Father's House."

Sergio Alvarizares was charged with one count of rape, two counts of attempted rape and 10 counts of sex abuse.

The investigation began on the last Sunday of September, when officers were called to the northeast Portland church on a disturbance call.

Several members of the church were arguing with the 38-year-old suspect about allegations of sexual misconduct.

Six women later called the authorities to report a sexual assault and detectives identified two more alleged victims.

The church serves members of Portland's Spanish-speaking community.

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