Ex Las Cruces Youth Pastor Gets 30 Years for Molesting Girls

Ex Las Cruces youth pastor gets 30 years
for molesting girls

Posted: 10/27/2010 12:41:49 AM MDT

LAS CRUCES – A former youth pastor has been
sentenced to 30 years in prison for raping and
molesting three young girls he met through his
family’s church between 2005 and 2007.

Rico Dominic Escudero, 31, entered a plea of no
contest in May to two counts of kidnapping, three
counts of rape, four counts of attempted rape of a
child younger than 13 and two counts of molesting
a child younger than 13. (A no contest plea means
the defendant does not admit guilt but
acknowledges that if the case were to go to trial,
there is enough evidence for a conviction.)

His sentence, which was filed Oct. 19, also includes
a period of supervised release to last between five
years and the rest of his life.

All three victims knew Escudero through Victory
Outreach Church, where Escudero’s father was the
primary pastor and Escudero served as youth
pastor, according to Deputy District Attorney Susan
Riedel.

At the time of the incidents, Escudero was married
and had a very young child.

A native of Fresno, Calif., Escudero was initially
arrested in 2007 for raping a 12-year-old girl, who,
with her mother, had been clients of the Victory
Outreach Church women’s home, according to court
documents.

The abuse happened during four days in mid-June
2007, when the girl stayed at Escudero’s home.

There, he asked her about her sexual history and
proceeded to grab and kiss her when she was in the
bathroom, according to court documents. On
another occasion, Escudero allegedly ordered her to
get on

the living room floor, where he had sex with her.
The girl also reported an incident in which
Escudero allegedly exposed himself. Escudero
offered the girl a cell phone and tickets to
Disneyland if she stayed quiet about the encounters,
according to the criminal complaint.

Escudero’s family, which were still listed as church
staff in May, are no longer listed as being involved
with the church, according to its website.

Ashley Meeks can be reached at ameeks@lcsun-
news.com; (575) 541-5462

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