BCSO arrests youth pastor charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child

A San Antonio man was arrested Friday for allegedly sexually abusing a child, according to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

Clayton Turner, 40, was charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first-degree felony, and one count of indecency with a child, a second-degree felony.

On Feb. 28, deputies learned that a 12-year-old girl reported Turner had touched her inappropriately. The girl reported the abuse at her school and a school district employee informed the police. Turner was not connected to the school.

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Investigators interviewed the victim and determined the abuse had occurred over a couple of years. Turner identifies himself as a youth pastor, Sheriff Javier Salazar said. Deputies believe he had access to children at several places of worship through his work.

“There is a distinct possibility that there are other victims out there,” Salazar said.

Turner listed two places of worship — “The Message” and “Guadalupe Seminary.” Police said they were not able to verify either.

Turner’s criminal record includes prior non-violent misdemeanor arrests.

Deputies are asking anyone with information to call BCSO at 210-335-6070.

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