A former youth counselor from Calimesa accused of molesting eight children more than a decade ago is under arrest in Oregon, awaiting extradition to Riverside County, authorities said Monday.
Dustin Colony Herrera is charged with 13 counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 years old and sentence-enhancing allegations of targeting multiple victims in a sex crime.
Herrera was taken into custody last week in Medford, Oregon, after Jackson County sheriff’s deputies received a request from investigators assigned to the Riverside-based Inland Regional Apprehension Team to serve an arrest warrant on the defendant.
Herrera was booked into the Jackson County Correctional Facility, where he’s being held in lieu of $3 million bail.
Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Carroll said an extradition proceeding to return Herrera to California is pending.
According to investigators, between 2000 and 2004, Herrera served as a youth group leader at the Yucaipa Christian Church, where he came into contact with numerous children.
Herrera resided in Calimesa at the time, and would allegedly bring minors from the group to his home, where he committed unspecified acts of molestation, Carroll said.
The alleged offenses were detailed in November by several victims, whose names were not released, after the now-adults came forward and gave statements to detectives at the sheriff’s Calimesa Station, according to Carroll.
Herrera moved to Oregon more than 10 years ago, Carroll said.
Herrera has a prior felony conviction, but the nature of the offense was not disclosed.