Former Nipomo youth pastor booked on suspicion of child molestation

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Posted at 12:54 PM, Mar 29, 2023

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office says a former youth pastor at New Beginnings Community Church in Nipomo was arrested on multiple counts of suspected child molestation that occurred between 2005 and 2008.

The sheriff's office says 53-year-old Jeffrey York is accused of sexually assaulting a male victim for years.

Over the course of several months, sheriff's officials say San Luis Obispo County detectives completed a comprehensive investigation which led to obtaining an arrest warrant. At that time, York was believed to be living in Portland, Oregon.

Detectives were in the process of apprehending York in Oregon when on Monday, March 27, during a routine patrol, south station deputies located a car registered to York. The car was reportedly parked in the 600 block of El Camino Real in Arroyo Grande.

After learning York was in Arroyo Grande, officials say he was arrested and booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail with bail set at $400,000.

York was arraigned Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of oral copulation of a person under 16, sodomy of a person under 16, and forcible lewd act upon a child.

Sheriff's officials ask that anyone with additional information about this case or other potential victims contact the Sheriff's Detective Division at 805-781-4500. No further information is available at this time.