Authorities are urging people to contact them if they or someone they know was a victim of a church volunteer charged with committing crimes that include inappropriately touching teenage boys.
Matthew Alejos, 27, was arrested on Nov. 6, 2018, and was being held on $700,000 bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Alejos was a volunteer with the young adult ministry at Calvary Chapel El Monte from 2013 until his arrest. He also was employed as a camp supervisor by the El Monte Union High School District from May 2011 until his arrest, the sheriff’s department said.
At the time of his arrest, Alejos was assigned to the Rosemead Adult School campus. He also was assigned to El Monte High School and Rosemead High School in the past.
“During his time as a volunteer and as a security officer, Mr. Alejos would befriend young boys, gain their trust, and at times, have inappropriate contact with them,” a sheriff’s statement said. “He had access to numerous unknown children over the last five years at the church and during the time of his employment with the school district.”
Two days after his arrest, the Pomona District Attorney’s office filed six felony counts against Alejos. He was charged with lewd acts upon a minor, oral copulation, and annoying molesting a minor with a prior.
His next court date is scheduled for Feb. 21 at Pomona Court.
“Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau detectives believe there are potentially additional victims related to this investigation,” the sheriff’s statement said.
Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau tip line at (877) 710-5273; send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.
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