Florida Pastor Who Founded Homeless Shelter for Women Sexually Assaulted 3 of Them: Police
A Florida pastor has been arrested after three women at his homeless shelter accused him of sexually assaulting them.
Police arrested 44-year-old Pedro Custodio, known as “Pastor Pete,” after three women at his Our Father’s House of Refuge shelter for homeless women accused him of forcing himself on them.
Custodio, a married father, is charged with two counts of sexual battery and one count of attempted sexual battery.
Police say Custodio “exploited [the women] by gaining their trust.”
One of the accusers told police that Custodio locked himself in the shelter’s food pantry while she was inside and took off his underwear. He allegedly told her he could “help her sexually” because he “heard that her boyfriend was in jail and her sex life had diminished as a result.”
She says Pastor Pete grabbed her hips, kissed her face and neck, and attempted to have sex with her before she persuaded him to stop by reminding him that he was married with children.
Last month, another woman reportedly told police that she was in a relationship with Custodio but he raped her on her birthday after they went out drinking.
According to the police report, “The victim advised she was crying during the entire incident and was repeatedly begging for Pastor Pete to stop.”
A third accuser told police that Pastor Pete pressured her into having sex with him.
Custodio has run the shelter since 2010. On its website it says its goal is to “Assist the needy and homeless of our community, with spiritual guidance, food, clothing, information of other resources in our area, and feeding the soul and body.”
Custodio has been released after posting $30,000 bond.