Sep. 14– A Miami preacher was detained Friday after police stated he consistently raped two girls in his bedroom and forced them to witness each other’s assault.
Yunior Beltres, a 54-year-old citizen of the Dominican Republic, was charged with 2 counts of sexual battery on a small, authorities said. The declared victims are 9 and 10 years old.
The women, whose relationship to Beltres was not disclosed, reported the abuse to police in July. They said the attacks occurred in May and June at his home in the 300 block of Northeast 118th Terrace in Miami.
Beltres, a preacher at Evangelistic Ministry of Columns of Fire, notes his house as the mailing address of his churchgoers, according to records filed with Florida’s Department of Corporations.
The congregation, also referred to as Ministerio Evangelistico Columnas de Fuego, lies on the second flooring at 2052 NW 22nd Ct. in Miami, according to state records. Beltres has been associated with the organization considering that at least 1996, according to the records.
A female who responded to the telephone number listed for the spiritual organization on Friday stated that Beltres was a pastor at the congregation which the allegations versus him were incorrect. She did not provide her name and hung up on a press reporter.
In the voice greeting for the telephone number, Beltres identifies himself as a pastor and wants true blessings on his callers.
Videos published to Facebook by members of the parish program Beltres providing impassioned and booming preachings in Spanish.
In one video, published Aug. 15, Beltres preaches about reacting to critics of his faith. He discusses the “lost souls” of society.
“Even if they decline you a thousand times or spit in your face– even if they call you a crazy fanatic,” he said, yelling. “Yes, I’m an insane person of the 3rd heaven.
“There are a thousand lost souls out there, however you all are delighted that you are saved,” he included.
Beltres, accompanied by an attorney, turned himself into authorities Thursday. He was being held Friday in Miami-Dade’s Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center without any bond.