(Brandon, Fla. - WFLA) - On April 4, 2014, HCSO said deputies responded to the residence of 44 year old Francisco Rios, wanted on three counts of Lewd and Lascivious molestation. Deputies said Rios is the pastor of Casa De Amor Church located at 117 West Windhorst Road in Brandon where all the incidents occurred.
In August of 2013, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said it was notified reference a delayed sexual battery. Deputies said the three female victims are 12, 17 and 43 years of age. The investigation was initiated after the three victim's talked to each other and and discovered that each of them had been touched by Rios, according to HCSO.
According to the 17 year old, on approximately 15 different occasions beginning 2011, Francisco Rios touched her inappropriately, deputies said. Rios told the victim he was doing this because he loved her as a Pastor and she was not to tell anyone because he could get in trouble, HCSO said.
In April of 2013, deputies said Rios touched the 43-year-old victim inappropriately and convinced her it was a way to cure a medical condition.
Approximately two times a week for the past year, deputies said Francisco touched the 12-year-old victim inappropriately.
HCSO said the investigation continues.
Photo courtesy of the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office