PR pastor charged with sexually assaulting boys

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Associated Press

Posted on February 11, 2013 at 5:03 PM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities say that a Puerto Rican pastor allegedly sexually assaulted three boys at his home.

The U.S. Department of Justice has identified the 47-year-old suspect as Nelson Santiago Colon. He is the pastor of a church in Santa Isabel, a small city in southern Puerto Rico. Santiago was arrested Monday by U.S. agents and Puerto Rico police.

Puerto Rico police allege the boys were sexually assaulted at Santiago's home in Ponce. Authorities say two of the boys were 14 and one was 12.

He faces federal charges of transporting minors with the intent to engage in criminal sexual conduct. It was not known if Santiago had a lawyer. The phone at the pastor's church went unanswered Monday.

If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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