East Bay pastor, volunteer football coach arrested on child molestation charges

34-year-old Gabriel Lopez, of Pinole. (CONTRA COSTA SHERIFF)

PINOLE (KRON) — An East Bay youth pastor has been arrested on suspicion of molesting two girls, and authorities believe there may be more victims, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s officials announced Friday.

Gabriel Lopez, 34, of Pinole, was booked into County Jail in Martinez on Dec. 10 on six felony counts of child molestation following a two month investigation.

According to authorities, Lopez was an “at will” employee at the Valley Bible Church where he worked as a youth pastor from July 2011 to March 2015. The victims, both female juveniles, participated in the church’s student ministry, officials said.

The girls also attended school in the John Swett Unified School District, the Sheriff’s Office said. Lopez worked as a “walk on” volunteer coach for John Swett High’s football team.

Lopez is currently being held in lieu of $520,000 bail.

Anyone with any information on this case is asked to contact the Investigation Division at (925) 313-2654. For any tips, please email: tips@so.cccounty.us or call (866) 846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.

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