Bible study teacher, church worker charged with sexually assaulting teenager, Carrollton police say

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Detectives arrested two men at a church in Carrollton on Tuesday and charged them with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in 2018, Carrollton police said.

Luis Escobar, 59, and Alvaro Jimenez, 71, each face three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, police said in a news release.

Escobar taught online Bible study for adults and Jimenez worked as an office assistant at Ministerios Bethania USA in the 2400 block of East Belt Line Road in Carrollton, police said.

The church released a statement on its website saying it was leaving the investigation to Carrollton police. The statement asks other potential victims and those with information to come forward and speak to law enforcement.

“Our thoughts and prayers go first to the victim and his family who suffered and had the courage to speak out,” the statement said. “We pray that God will grant them comfort and consolation with justice.”

The two men were arrested at the church, where they lived. The church told police that Escobar was not on its pastoral staff, a police spokeswoman said in an email.

Detectives had probable cause to obtain warrants and both men were arrested without incident, police said in the statement. Escobar and Jimenez were incarcerated in the Carrollton Jail on Tuesday and transferred to the Dallas County Jail on Wednesday morning. Both men are awaiting bail hearings, police said.

Police began investigating in September after the victim, who is now 18, reported the assault to a school counselor. Investigators learned the victim met the men through the church, but the assault did not occur at the scene, police said.

Victims or anyone with information about the case should call the Carrollton Police Department at (972) 466-3324.

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