- Pastor Fermín Rangel was arrested for sexual crimes.
- Pastor Fermín Rangel is accused of committing a sexual crime against a minor.
- Authorities believe there may be more victims of Pastor Fermín Rangel.
He took advantage of his hierarchy in the temple. A Las Vegas pastor identified as Fermín Rangel Ramos was arrested for allegedly committing sexual crimes against a minor, although authorities believe there may be more victims.
Pastor Fermín Rangel, 52, was arrested on August 11 for being suspected of lewdness with a minor, although he had multiple arrest warrants, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police (LVMPD) said in a statement cited by News 3 LV Monday, August 30.
Pastor Fermín Rangel is arrested
According to the aforementioned outlet, the defendant was described as the pastor who has been president of a church located in the 3600 block of Vegas Drive for more than 20 years. No further details were provided about his arrest.
Although the church is not identified in the press release issued by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, Google Street View shows the name of Pastor Fermín Rangel on a sign that identifies the Bethel Christian Center located on the corner of Vegas and Rancho, News detailed 3 LV.
$ 50 thousand bond for Pastor Fermín Rangel
Court records cited by the newspaper indicated that Pastor Fermín Rangel was ordered to be arrested on a $ 50,000 bond for two counts of lewdness with a 14- or 15-year-old boy, and three counts of gross or overt lewdness.
The conditions of the bond include that Pastor Fermín Rangel must remain under electronic monitoring and cannot have any contact with the alleged victim or any other minor.
They fear that there will be more victims of Pastor Fermín Rangel
His next court appearance is scheduled for November 4. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said detectives believe there may be other victims who have not come forward to make their reports.
Anyone with information on Pastor Fermín Rangel should contact the department’s sex crimes unit at (702) 828-3421 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, through Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.
“It is really alarming.”
The newspaper 8 News Now He noted that the pastor’s name appears to have already been removed from a sign in the church, although the letters are still visible. 8 News Now tried to speak to church employees and parishioners, but they only said they were aware of the situation and had no further comment.
“It’s really alarming, it’s disappointing,” said Kelcey West, senior pastor of Nehemiah Ministries Christian Church, who even though he belongs to a completely different congregation in Las Vegas, mentioned that it is important to talk about what happened.
Parents are recommended to accompany their children to church
“I want to extend my prayers for the families, for those involved, for that congregation because at times like this they have a snowball effect,” Pastor West told 8 News Now. “We live in a world where a lot of people already have trust issues and times like this don’t really help.”
Pastor West added that adults should be present with children while they are in church, and it is up to each church, along with its leaders and parishioners, to come up with those policies. “Yes, you are going to do your background check, but you want to make sure the kids aren’t left alone. You want to make sure you have policies in place. ”
Other victims may be afraid to speak
8 News Now also reported that detectives believe Pastor Fermín Rangel may have more victims who have yet to come forward and noted that it is unclear whether the inappropriate behavior occurred inside or outside the church.
“They could be scared and scared,” said Dinisha Mingo, a local mental health expert who is also the CEO and owner of Mingo Health Solutions. He added that, in these situations, children and adolescents may feel confused when disclosing the event, but it is necessary to remind them that their voices are also important.
Cristhian Bahena, the undocumented man who killed student Mollie Tibbetts, receives sentence
The day of justice for the victim arrived. Cristhian Bahena, the undocumented Mexican who murdered student Mollie Tibbetts in a case that attracted nationwide attention, was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
The news agency Efe reported that a judge sentenced undocumented Mexican Cristhian Bahena Rivera to life imprisonment on Monday, August 30, for the murder of Mollie Tibbetts, a student at the University of Iowa who disappeared in July 2018 after jogging and was later found dead in a corn field.
Cristhian Bahena’s sentence announced
The reading of the sentence had been postponed – initially expected in mid-July – due in part to the fact that his defense presented several motions, including one calling for a new trial, but all were rejected, Efe said.
This Monday the sentence was finally read in Iowa, which does not have the death penalty, while the defendant Cristhian Bahena, in his prison uniform, listened in handcuffs in the courtroom, the aforementioned news agency detailed.
“You decided to end that life violently,” said the victim’s mother to Cristhian Bahena
“Mollie was just a girl who wanted to go jogging. You decided to end that life violently, “said the young woman’s mother, Laura Calderwood, before the court before the verdict was known, according to various media cited by Efe.
“The person who was most difficult to notify of Mollie’s death was her grandmother; she really thought she would be found alive. I gently said, ‘Mom, I have bad news. Mollie’s body was found. ‘ Can you imagine what it is like to give a news like that? By your act I will never see my daughter become a mother, ”added Laura Calderwood.
The student was killed when she went jogging
During a trial held last May, the 24-year-old Mexican was found guilty by a jury in Iowa in a trial held in the Scott County court, in downtown Davenport, under the warning of the judge of that the controversy and accusations of racism generated three years ago should be avoided.
Mollie Tibbetts, 20, disappeared on July 18, 2018 when she was running through a rural area of Brooklyn, Iowa, and according to the prosecution she was followed by Cristhian Bahena in her car, Efe recalled. To know more details of the case read this note.