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story.lead_photo.caption Francisco Porras. Photo by Crawford County sheriff's office.

A pastor at a newly formed church in western Arkansas is accused of sexually assaulting multiple children, with one of the alleged assaults stemming as far back as last year, authorities said.

Van Buren police arrested 51-year-old Francisco Porras Monday on suspicion of four counts of second-degree sexual assault after he allegedly groped at least three girls within his private congregation, prosecutors said.

A probable cause affidavit filed this week said the girls Porras allegedly assaulted told investigators he grabbed their chests and inappropriately touched them several times.

Porras is a part-time pastor at Rose of Sharon, a recently formed church that met in various churches around the Fort Smith metro area, including at Unity Baptist Church in Van Buren, where one of the alleged assaults happened, according to court documents.

Unity Baptist declined to comment on its relationship with Porras but said he wasn’t affiliated with the church and had been renting space to perform his practice there. The church said it was cooperating with investigators.

One of the victim's mothers reported Porras after finding his text messages on her daughter’s phone, police said.

Authorities said at least one of the alleged assaults happened at his Van Buren home.

Contact information for Porras’ church wasn’t listed online or in business filings.

It wasn’t immediately known how often he was around children.

Each sexual assault charge carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence and thousands of dollars in fines.

A Crawford County jail roster didn’t list Porras as an inmate Thursday afternoon, and online court records didn’t list an attorney to comment on his behalf.

Messages to his last known phone number weren’t immediately returned.


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  • RobertBolt
    May 9, 2019 at 3:23 p.m.

    I wonder if the paper has a blank template for their countless articles about alleged molestations by holy people.

  • MS6321
    May 9, 2019 at 3:53 p.m.

    ROBERTBOLT There is nothing "holy" about those people. Feigning Christianity while preying on the young, old, or vulnerable is particularly deplorable, but Christ died for all who truly repent.

  • mrcharles
    May 9, 2019 at 4:49 p.m.

    Yes the them there is not be a christian defense for a system of human sacrifice designed for a god to tell himself to kill himself, which you cant kill a god , to save his creations that were created to be just what they are cause they are dirty and filthy m but can be saved by mere belief not by being not dirty and filthy and evil and mean and nasty --- you get my drift.

    the anointed one died, but the OT said that was not necessary and the anointed one said follow the OT law , yet this died thing , it appears there can be an argument that this son of mary did not really die.....guess did he truly die like the issue you truly repent .

    smmlv1+1+1=1, riddle me this, did the non linear decedent of king david who loved jonathan , be crucified on the day before or after passover at what time was it?

    Feigning Christianity while preying on the young, old, or vulnerable is particularly deplorable is a good statement there. See the celestial decoders from time immemorial and their Schick--- you dont get $900 suits and houses up to the sky for running around with the orphan, the widow, the poor , tax collectors and women who are told to go and sin no more.... but the men as usual can raise a bottle of beer and say dilly dilly and grab em by the pussy [ the words of trump not mine]

    smmlv1+1+1=1 likes to play tennis without the net.

    hey LRcatty, same riddle remains for your most educated answer. nice very nice.

    it is said the problem with the papist is not that the child molestors are pedophiles but that they are homosexuals.

    they say ben laden the moment before the bullet went into his brain, he truly repented. Good for him. is this mercy or is this justice or just truly real love?

  • Seitan
    May 9, 2019 at 6:28 p.m.

    Hey, GM. Look! A HETEROSEXUAL CHRISTIAN groping children! Let me guess: this is Obama's fault.

  • SeanJohn
    May 9, 2019 at 8:14 p.m.

    Nice RB and MrC. Seize on the story of a pastor molesting children so you can run down Christianity. Like someone of your camp has never molested a child. The media likes to run stories about Christian figures committing these atrocities because its popular to do so. I’m sure there are more molestations perpetrated by non Christians than Christians. Too bad the media doesn’t call out the non Christians when it happens.

  • MaxCady
    May 9, 2019 at 10 p.m.

    Chuck, I'm surprised the Demozette doesn't charge you extra for wasting bandwidth with your banal gasbaggery.

  • tngilmer
    May 9, 2019 at 10:06 p.m.

    Just another good Democrat doing what they do.