MIAMI (AP) — A Florida preacher has been charged with raping two young girls.
The Miami Herald reports 54-year-old Yunior Beltres is charged with two counts of sexual battery on a minor. The girls are 9 and 10 years old. They reported the assaults in July, saying they happened in May and June at Beltres’ home in Miami.
Beltres is a preacher at Evangelistic Ministry of Columns of Fire. Records show he has been with the church since at least 1996. The newspaper said he was a citizen of the Dominican Republic.
A woman at the church told the Herald the charges are false. She declined to identify herself.
Beltres was being held Saturday without bond at a Miami-Dade County jail