Volunteer Youth Worker in California Adventist Church Arrested for Allegedly Sending Sexual Images to Teen
23 January 2018 | Luis CruzCruz, a volunteer youth worker at Iglesia Adventista Del Séptimo Día San José (San Jose Hispanic Seventh-day Adventist Church) in San Jose, California, has been arrested on suspicion of sending sexual images with his phone to a 13-year-old girl in his congregation.
The Mercury News reports that CruzCruz of Fremont (California) was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on January 17 accused of two counts of sending harmful matter to a minor. Bail has been set at $50,000.
According to the San Jose Police Department (SJPD) Internet Crimes Against Children and Child Exploitation Detail, CruzCruz allegedly sent multiple illicit images to the teen in November and December of 2017 and there is no evidence that the teen sent anything in response.
Sgt. Enrique Garcia of SJPD said that an examination of the device used by CruzCruz indicated that he may have sent illicit images to more than one person.
The church is part of the Adventist denomination’s Central California Conference.
UPDATE: Although The Mercury News originally identified CruzCruz as a youth pastor at Iglesia Adventista Del Séptimo Día San José, he wasn’t a current employee of the Central California Conference or credentialed as a member of the clergy. CruzCruz was serving as a volunteer youth worker.