Miami Pastor Charged With Sexual Battery On A Child

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Bond was denied Wednesday for a South Florida pastor arrested on a sexual battery charge on a child.

Jose Tomas Campos,60, was arrested Tuesday. The alleged incident actually happened last April, but police said they weren’t informed about it for six months.

Campos is accused of molesting an 11-year-old girl whose parents he knew through the Ministerio Nueva Vida En Cristo Jesus Church in Miami, located at 124 NW 15th Avenue.

If convicted of this crime, a spokeswoman for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office said Campos would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

“He had access to the kid because the family trusted Mr. Campos and he had access as a pastor,” said Miami police spokesman Commander Delrish Moss. “The child and parents are members of the church.”

The arrest affidavit states the 11-year-old girl told friends at school she had fallen asleep in Campos’ car and when she woke up, he had his hand in her underwear and he was fondling her.

“Mr. Campos originally denied this then said he accidentally touched her. I don’t know how you accidentally fondle a child under her clothing,” Moss told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench. “Mister Campos had no business putting his hand where he did.”

During his first bond hearing on Wednesday, he was denied bond and appointed a public defender.

George Portuondo, who lives in an apartment behind the church, told D’Oench that he thinks Campos will be cleared of the charges.

“He’s a good man, always, I have know him for years,” said Portuondo. “I tell you he is a good pastor, he is a Christian,” said Portuondo.

Campos has also denied touching any other members of his congregation.

“There may be other kids out there who are victims and who are physically and mentally scarred by his actions,” said Moss. “A lot of times when these incidents happen, children aren’t sure who they can talk and who they can trust. We urge parents to get more involved and teachers to act quickly and tell the authorities when they see such problems.”

“It’s unfortunate that it took the child so long in this case to speak to someone who then called the authorities,” said Moss.

The Miami Police Department’s Special Victims Unit are investigating the case and detectives are urging anyone with information on any additional victims to contact them at (305) 603-6300 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.

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  • TONY

    Unbelivable and Disgusting Pig !!! Deport him back to his country

    • Carol

      In chains and throw him in the water with sharks and he will be eaten alive and he fully awake.

  • Cesar M Gonzalez

    THESE FAKE RELIGIONS ! More proof that THERE IS a God, BUT that these religions are MONEY SCAMS ! People fall for all of THESE evangelical THIEVES…..

    • WEREWOLF69

      Your Ranting and Raving is totally unrelated to the story!

  • Concerned Taxpayer

    this is sick, burn that freak!!


    Let’s revive an old method of punishment for Child Molesters.
    Seek out a HOG FARM, find a suitable tree, strip the Pastor to his UNDERWEAR, tie the Pastor to the tree, and then watch how the HOGS “ACCIDENTALLY” get their snouts in his UNDERWEAR and start munching away.

  • rausky79

    Another low life PERVERT!! He’s gonna get a NEW LIFE alright! His new life will be with BIG BUBBA in prison!!

    • Carol

      You made my day and I hope you are so right that this will happen to him because the law doesn’t come down hard on these horrible people and never will because he committed first degree murder no more no less and that is a fact.

      • Richard

        Well, if he is convicted he will face a mandatory life sentence (and in Florida, life means life; Florida abolished parole in 1983). I can’t see the state agreeing to a plea bargain in this case. There are practical as well as legal reasons why the death penalty is not a good idea in these types of cases (I’m not saying that it would not be justified, just that it would not be a good idea). If the punishment for (1) raping the child and (2) raping the child and then killing and burying the child were the same, well, it’s pretty obvious what the result would be especially given how these types of criminals think.

  • Carol

    Does this surprise me not in the least because parents trust these people and think they wouldn’t harm their children and that is so wrong.

    Parents have to watch their children 24/7 no matter who they are with and sadly that is a fact.

    I was raped by a brother-in-law that was a teacher for nine (9) years from the age of twelve (12) through the age of twenty-one (21) and I never said a word because he told me that if I spoke about what he did he would kill my family starting with my mother and make me watch so I never said a word for many many years.

    When I got married the first time he thought I was going to talk so he ran right into the priesthood knowing he would be safe and I know not if he did it again but it took me years not to blame myself but I was a baby at the time and I grew up scared he would come after me so this doesn’t surprise me this happened not in the least.

  • Rosy

    The 11 year old girl mentioned.. is my sister. Rest assure I will stop at no limits to make sure he gets what he deserves. More to come.

  • Erick Prince Salazar

    I’m sure the pastor is innocent and have posted so as to be guilty after they know he is innocent, clean image.

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