Fillmore Sexual Assault Arrest


On Monday, February 29, 2016, Sheriff’s detectives arrested Vidal Morales, 55, a youth coordinator at the Saint Francis of Assisi Church in the City of Fillmore, for one felony count of Lewd and Lascivious Acts Upon a Child. Morales worked at the Saint Francis of Assisi Church in the City of Fillmore for approximately 22 years and currently employed as the church’s youth coordinator. Morales’ arrest stemmed from an investigation into the allegations made by a juvenile female, who interacted with Morales while he acted in his official capacity at the church.
The Sheriff’s Office first learned of this crime in October of 2015 when the victim reported Morales sexually assaulted her in 2013. During the course of the long investigation, additional victims were identified. Morales was arrested in the City of Ventura on February 29, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. Morales was booked at the Ventura County Main Jail and his bail is set at $20,000.
This investigation is still ongoing. Those with any information are encouraged to contact Detective Hector Macias at (805) 384-4740.

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