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Police looking for 'pastor' in molestation case

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Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 10:16 am | Updated: 3:39 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Phoenix police are looking for a man they believe molested at least two young girls ages 8 and 10 and may have sexually violated others.

Police say that 52-year-old Jose Barrientos passed himself off as a pastor.

Barrientos is wanted for sexual conduct with a minor, sexual abuse and child molestation.

Police believe the assaults occurred between June and September of 2008 while Barrientos lived with the victim's family.

Police said the investigation revealed Barrientos may have lived with many other families while pretending to be a pastor, both in the U.S., Mexico, and El Salvador, over the last several years.

Detectives think Barrientos may have had access to young children for years.

Anyone with information about Barrientos is asked to call Phoenix police.

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