Partnership Policing Communications Coordinator (PIO)
Desk Phone: 941-954-7094
House of Restoration Ministry Pastor Arrested for Sexual Battery of a Victim Under 12
On Friday, July 26, 2019, at approximately 7:10pm, detectives with the Sarasota Police Department arrested Bicente V. Morales, age 43, on a charge of Sexual Battery of a Victim Under 12. Morales is a pastor at the House of Restoration Ministry, 2909 Pershing Avenue, Sarasota.
On July 26, 2019, Detectives were contacted by Manatee County Children Services reference to a sexual battery of a female victim, 6 years old. The victim told her mother that her uncle, Morales, inappropriately touched her at his home which serves also at the church, 2909 Pershing Avenue, Sarasota. Detectives are aware of at least three incidents involving inappropriate behavior with the victim and Morales.
Detectives believe there are additional victims in this case. Anyone with any information is asked to please contact Detective Maria Llovio at 941-364-7336 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com.