An Oklahoma City youth pastor has been arrested on a rape complaint after being accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl from his youth group.
According to reports, Wilfredo Alexander Flores, 24, was arrested after the mother of a 14-year-old girl came home from work on her lunch break and found Flores hiding under a blanket in her daughter's closet.
Initially, the girl told police that the youth pastor entered her home without permission when she left the door unlocked; however, she soon recanted and told police that she let Flores in to bring her some Chinese food and a flash drive she needed to work on a church project.
During the investigation, police determined that Flores had sex with the girl in 2017, when he was 23 and she was 13 years old. Since that time, the man has texted the girl up to 20 times per day, and the girl's mother had forbidden the man from coming to her home. The girl told police that she has tried several times to tell Flores to stop contacting her. She further said that, about three months ago, Flores made sexual advances toward her during a church outing, but she physically stopped him.
Because the alleged physical encounter occurred when the girl was only 13 years of age, Flores has been jailed on rape complaints. He is currently held in the Oklahoma County Jail on two complaints of first degree rape, one for a child under 16 and one for a child under 14. Bond is set at $50,000 for each count.
As of this writing, the man has not been charged in Oklahoma County District Court. The charges he faces will depend upon whether or not evidence shows the girl was a willing participant in the alleged sexual encounters. Under Oklahoma law, there are two classifications of rape: first degree rape and second degree rape. First degree rape is sexual intercourse or penetration accomplished without the consent of the victim. First degree rape includes the following acts:
- Rape of a child aged 13 or younger
- Rape of a person incapable of giving consent due to mental illness or disability
- Rape of a person accomplished through administering an intoxicating or anesthetizing substance
- Rape of a person who is unconscious of the nature of the act
- Rape accomplished through force, violence, or the threat thereof
Second degree rape, therefore, is sexual intercourse that typically involves a willing sexual encounter with someone who cannot provide legal consent. This can include a child under the age of 16, a student under the age of 20, a person in local or state custody, and a person in foster care or DHS custody.
It seems likely that, when charged, Flores will face one count of first degree rape for the allegation of having sex with a 13-year-old girl, and one count of second degree rape for the allegation of sex with a 14-year-old girl.
First degree rape is punishable by five years to life in prison; second degree rape is punishable by one to 15 years in prison.
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