Luis Clarke, a 38 year-old Youth Pastor at Abrazo tu Sueno Church in Pembroke Pines, coerced a young girl into having sex with him by threatening to turn her family into immigration authorities, according to law enforcement. Clarke was a part-time Youth Pastor at Abrazo tu Sueno Church, 9626 Pines Boulevard, and police are concerned he may have sexually victimized other minors.
According to the police report, Clarkle molested the girl for a period of months beginning when she was 15 years old in August 2016 until February 2017 when she was 16. The sexual abuse took place at Clarke’s Pembroke Pines home in the 1300 block of Northwest 143rd Ave., police said. The youth pastor would pick up the girl from school, she and make her undress and then rape and molest her and take photos of her with his iPad. Clarke has been charged with 20 counts of sexual battery on a victim between 12 and 18, two counts of false imprisonment, two counts of directing a sexual performance by a child and one count of lewd and lascivious exhibition by an adult on a child under 15.
One time, Clarke picked up the girl and a teenage boy at a Hollywood park, took them to his residence where he activated his home alarm so that they couldn’t leave without triggering it and forced the boy to watch Clarke have sex with the girl, according to the arrest report. t was the boy who went to police on April 3 to report Clarke. Once in custody, Clarke gave a sworn statement and admitted to two sexual encounters with the girl. He told police the boy had been to his home but he denied having sex with the girl in front of him, the detective’s report said.
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