On Monday, April 18, the Martinez Police Department took a report of a female juvenile that had allegedly been sexually assaulted by a 29-year-old male over a three year period.
Detectives from Martinez Police and Pleasant Hill Police investigated the allegations, which ultimately led to the arrest of 32-year-old Fernando Maldonado of Concord.
Maldonado was arrested on numerous counts of sexual assault, including unlawful sexual intercourse with a juvenile less than 14 years of age.
After the arrest, several search warrants were served in Concord, Martinez and Pleasant Hill.
Maldonado is a former Martinez resident and previous minister at Morello Baptist Church in Martinez. Maldonado left the Morello Baptist Church and became a minister for the Grace Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill in 2014.
Maldonado is incarcerated at the Martinez Detention Facility, held on $725,000 bail. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about this case, or similar allegations related to Maldonado, is encouraged to contact Det. Wah, Martinez Police Department, at (925) 372-3453.