Baptist minister held in Martinez jail on sexual assault charges involving minor

A Concord man was arrested this week on numerous counts of sexual assault charges, involving sex with a minor less than 14 years of age.

Martinez police and Pleasant Hill police detectives followed up on a report of a female juvenile that had been sexually assaulted by a man over a three-year period. The investigation led to the arrest of 32-year-old Fernando Maldonado. He is being held in the Martinez Detention Facility on $725,000 bail.

Police say Maldonado is a former Martinez resident where he was previously a minister at Morello Baptist Church.

In 2014, police say he became a minister at Grace Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this case, or similar allegations related to Fernando Maldonado is encouraged to contact Det. Wah, Martinez Police Department at (925) 372-2453.