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Wednesday 03/29/2023 11:28 AM - Child Molestation Arrest

Contact: Tony Cipolla
Phone: (805) 781-4547
Type of Incident: Child Molestation Arrest
Date and Time of Incident: 3-27-2023
Place of Occurrence: Arroyo Grande
Victim Information: N/A
Suspect Information: Jeffrey Gene York, 53, Portland, Oregon
Details of News Release: In September of 2022, Sheriff’s Detectives received a report of a suspected on-going child molestation that occurred in Nipomo between 2005 and 2008. The investigation revealed the suspect Jeffrey York, who at that time was a Youth Pastor at New Beginnings Community Church in Nipomo, had contact with a male victim and had sexually assaulted him for years. Over the course of several months, Detectives completed a comprehensive investigation which led to obtaining an arrest warrant. At that time York was believed to be living in Portland, OR. Detectives were in the process of apprehending York in Oregon when on 3-27-2023, during routine patrol, South Station Deputies located a vehicle registered to Jeffrey York out of Portland, OR parked in the 600 block of El Camino Real in Arroyo Grande. Deputies contacted Detectives and advised them York was in Arroyo Grande. York was arrested and booked into County Jail on 2 counts of oral copulation by duress, 2 counts of lewd acts with a child under 14 with force and other various charges. Bail was set at $400,000. Anyone with additional information about this case or other potential victims should contact the Sheriff's Detective Division at 805-781-4500. No further information is available at this time.

Prepared By: tcipolla
Released: Wednesday 03/29/2023 11:28 AM