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Calif. youth pastor arrested for raping teens

CARPINTERIA — A youth pastor has been arrested for raping teenage girls he met at a California central coast church.

Santa Barbara County sheriff’s investigators say 28-year-old Louis Joseph Bristol was booked on Wednesday for multiple counts of rape, child molestation and selling marijuana to minors.

The Ventura County Star says bail for the Carpinteria Community Church high school pastor is set at $2 million.

Detectives say Bristol raped two underage girls in vacant rooms at the Holiday Inn Express, where he worked as an assistant manager.

They also say Bristol gave and sold marijuana to the teens and to teenagers in the youth group,

There may be more victims.


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The Union Updated Mar 1, 2013 10:30AM Published Mar 4, 2013 02:48PM Copyright 2013 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.