The Devil Made Him Do It: Octavio Cantarero, the pastor of a Pentecostal church in Maryland, was arrested and charged with trying to rape an underage girl who was a member of his congregation.
Fox News reports:
A Maryland pastor was arrested Saturday after allegedly attempting to rape a young girl in January while she was a member of his congregation, according to police.
Octavio Cantarero, 42, of Gaithersburg, Md., allegedly told the minor that demons inside her had provoked him to commit the offense.
In a statement Montgomery County Police note:
Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have charged Octavio Cantarero, age 42, of the 24300 block of Hilton Place in Gaithersburg, with committing sexual offenses, to include a fourth-degree sexual offense (sexual contact) and attempted second-degree rape, against a minor. Cantarero is a Pastor at the Iglesia Pentecostal Principe De Paz which is located on Earhart Court in Gaithersburg. At the time of the offenses, the juvenile victim was a congregant of the church.In May 2019, the victim reported the offenses to police and SVID detectives began an investigation.
SVID detectives determined that when the victim met Cantarero, he told her that she was too young to live alone and provided her with a room at the church to use. On January 16, 2019, the pastor brought the victim to a room in the church that had a bed and stated that the two would sleep there. During the night, the victim woke up to Cantarero attempting to rape her. The victim resisted. Cantarero asked the victim not to tell anyone about the incident and that he could help pay for her clothes, rent, and school. He also stated that her demons had provoked him.
Did you catch that? The good Christian pastor is innocent. After-all, “her demons” made him do it.
Bottom line: Maryland Pastor Octavio Cantarero claims that his underage victim is possessed by “demons,” and it was “her demons” that provoked the sexual assault. Because nothing says “Christian love” like blaming the victim.