Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Authorities Thursday sought the public’s help to find a man who allegedly raped a 16-year-old girl while conducting “healing rituals” at his business in Montebello.

Known as a “Santero” or Santeria priest, Pablo Pinto Mata allegedly conducted the rituals at Los Angeles Imports, 2412 W. Whittier Blvd., the Montebello Police Department reported.

“In late 2013, Mata conducted three healing rituals (involving) a 16- year-old female, and had her disrobe,” according to a police statement. “On the last visit, Mata forced the minor to disrobe and sexually assaulted her. Mata told the minor the assault was part of the healing ritual.”

Police released a photo of the 46-year-old suspect, described as Hispanic, 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 175 pounds, with brown hair and eyes. Anyone knowing his whereabouts was urged to call Detective Alfred Martinez at (323) 887-1248.

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