Volunteer Youth Minister Accused of Sexual Assaulting a Child, Church Reacts

Volunteer Youth Minister Accused of Sexual Assaulting a Child, Church Reacts

 by Kim Powell

NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Angel De Los Santos, a 26-year-old volunteer youth at Life Church in Odessa, he is now facing at least six counts of sexual assault with a child, which is a second degree felony.

According to the arrest report, Odessa Police responded to an outcry after a woman said her daughter had been having a sexual relationship with her youth minister.

The girl said it all started when De Los Santos began sending her text messages that were religious in nature, but those later turned flirty. The messages would say he thought she was "hot" and had "beautiful eyes," eventually he said he wanted to have sex with her.

The girl told investigators that her parents thought she was with other kids each time De Los Santos picked her up at her house.

According to the documents, De Los Santos brought the victim to his apartment when she turned 14, and they had sex. Since then, the report says, the two would have sex once a week over the last two and a half years.

Life Church released a statement saying:

"Life Church cares for and is committed to ensuring the safety of our children and youth. We are praying for everyone involved and our hearts are broken for all who have been affected. 

Angel De Los Santos was a volunteer youth worker at our church until the end of April. He was never a licensed minister and was never a paid staff member. He has not been attending this church since the end of July. 

We are cooperating and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement. This is an ongoing investigation and we cannot comment any further."

NewsWest 9 will keep you updated as we get more information.