The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office is casting a wide net in hopes of finding possible victims of an accused child molester who previously was a Fresno church youth minister.
Sheriff’s detectives arrested Francisco Dejesus Bautista, 38, of Fresno, on May 19 and booked him into jail on felony child molestation charges. His bail is $250,000 and he remained in jail as of Friday morning.
Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said that the investigation of Bautista began following a complaint called into the sheriff’s office. Detectives found that Bautista had molested two young girls, Botti said.
According to the sheriff’s office, detectives believe there’s a strong possibility that Bautista has molested other children. According to jail records, Bautista has black hair and brown eyes. He is 5-foot-1 and weighs 145 pounds.
Anyone with information about Bautista or potential victims is asked to contact detective Jose Leon at (559) 600-8205 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867, www.valleycrimestoppers.org.