Police: L.I. Church Group Leader Admits To Raping 12-Year-Old

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The leader of a Long Island church group has admitted to raping a 12-year-old girl in his home, according to a Suffolk County law enforcement official.

Fifth Squad Detective Sgt. Bryan McMenemy told 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon that 30-year-old Juan Carlos Amaya confessed to the crime.

“He did admit to this incident and he was aware of how old the victim was,” McMenemy said.

1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon speaks with Detective Sgt. Bryan McMenemy

Amaya was accused of raping the child last May. He apparently got to know her at the Evangelical Refuge Church of Salvation in Patchogue, police said. However, Glenda Castillo, Amaya’s cousin, said the girl was pointing the finger at Amaya to cast blame away from herself, CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman reported.

“’Cause little high school girls do stuff with other guys and they blame it on other persons, that’s why. Parents should take care more of their freakin’ kids,” Castillo said.

Suffolk County police, however, said Amaya used his position as leader of the church youth group.

“He befriended her and became, according to her, her mentor. She would go to him and speak to him about, you know, daily life and the problems she may be having,” Detective Sgt. Daniel Molloy said.

A source close to the investigation told Guzman that Amaya texted the girl and convinced her to come out of her house. And then it is alleged he convinced her to go into his car and to his house.

That house, in Bellport, is where police said the rape occurred. At the door Monday, Freddie Maldonado, who said he is also a member of the church, said he has been renting a room to Amaya for about a year. He said it is hard to believe the charges. At the church, an official told reporters to leave. Police said the girl finally told her father what allegedly happened.

“Which is generally unusual for a 12 year old girl, but they did have a good relationship,” Detective Sgt. Molloy said.

Amaya is being held on $250,000 cash bail.

Amaya, it turns out, is here illegally from El Salvador. If he is convicted, after a prison sentence, he will be deported.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • C.J.

    I feel bad for this little girl. She is forced into some dumb religion and to believe in some invisible nonexistent being.Because of her belief, she is taken advantage of by this sick degenerate pervert hiding behind his b.s. religion.

    • badman

      right on, CJ. The only exception I’d take is that “B.S. religion” is redundant.

      • C.J.

        True. Disregard the last sentence.

  • Mr. Armenia

    The police forced this confession

  • Dan Te

    David Goldstein is stating the facts…nothing racist or bigot.

    • Rodin

      Long time no see, DawmTed!

      The only FACT relevant here is that another religious geek goes perv.

      That Goldielox chooses to focus gratuitously on ethnicity makes him, like you, a racist and a bigot.

      And you thought I was gonna disappear….

  • Trishe

    Terrific, he’s illigally here and we have to pay his stay in jail before he gets deported.

    • Rodin

      So… you would rather let the perv home scott free?

    • Neece

      I didn’t read any where abotu him being illegal! What does his ethnicity have to do with the crime! The racist comments are unncessary! It just goes to show little minds think alike!

  • James

    For David Goldstein: You have a limited mind. Just do a search on two words ” Rabbi Child” You will find 207,000 websites and they are not H1spanic. In short, do\n’t even go there.

  • George

    And What makes you think that???

  • jRock


    Let’s not be ignorant. There are quite a few Rabbi who enjoy diddling the little jewish boys.

  • Glenda

    Dont comment if you dont know anything!!!

  • Paul T. Cady

    Another “holy” man tending to his flock. When Jesus said “Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me”, I don’t think this is what he had in mind.

    • Rodin

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  • David Goldstein

    The rapist is H1spanic.

    • Rodin

      Hey, Goldielox,

      The comment above yours is for JOU.

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