Deputies: Brandon pastor, Francisco Rios, charged with molesting three females

BRANDON, Fla - A Brandon pastor was arrested Friday and charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation.

Francisco Rios, 44, is the pastor of Casa De Amor Church located at 117 West Windhorst Road where sheriff's investigators say the incidents occurred.

The victims are three females, ages 12, 17 and 43.

According to the 17-year-old victim, Rios touched her inappropriately 15 times beginning in 2011.  He said he was doing it because he loved her as a pastor and she was "not to tell anyone because he could get in trouble," according to a sheriff's statement.

The 43-year-old says she was touched in 2013.  He convinced her, according to the statement, that it was a way "to cure a medical condition."

Investigators say for about two times a week during the past year, Rios touched the 12-year-old inappropriately.

An investigation was launched after the three victims talked with each other and discovered they had been touched by Rios, according to the statement.

The findings were turned over to the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office and a warrant was issued.

Rios was arrested at his home.

The investigation is ongoing.

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