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Police: Florida preacher in custody for raping 2 young girls

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Posted at 3:15 PM, Sep 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-14 15:16:05-04

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.

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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