A youth pastor in Santa Barbara County has been arrested on child molestation, and rape charges.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say Louis Joseph Bristol used his position as a youth pastor at a Carpinteria church, and an assistant manager at a Carpinteria motel to commit crimes. They say the 28 year old man met two teenage victims at Carpinteria Community Church, sent them inappropriate text messages and photos, and sexually molested and raped his victims in vacant motel rooms where he worked. Investigators say he also sold marijuana to the victims, and other teens at the church.
Detectives say they are looking for more potential victims. He’s being held in lieu of two million dollars bail on multiple counts of child molestation, child rape, lewd acts on a child, and furnishing an illegal substance to minors.