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Oklahoma Youth Pastor Arrested for Raping Teen Girl After Mom Found Him Hiding In A Closet

Wilfredo Flores allegedly had sex with the 13-year-old girl, then constantly harasssed her over text message, police say. 

By Noah Hurowitz

An Oklahoma youth pastor allegedly raped an underage girl and harassed her for months afterward, but his abuse didn’t come to light until the girl’s mom found the so-called man of God hiding in her daughter’s bedroom closet on Tuesday, according to NewsOK.com

Wilfredo Flores, 24, was arrested and charged with rape after he was caught in the teen’s room, having allegedly used a church project as an excuse to come to her home, police told Fox 25 News.

Flores allegedly had sex with the girl in September 2017, when she was 13 and he was 23, according to Fox 25. He allegedly made further advances toward her at a church outing about three months ago, but the girl rejected him and he backed off, the victim told police, according to Fox 25.

After that incident, Flores began repeatedly texting the girl, now 14, and stalking her using SnapChat, the girl told authorities.

Flores came to the girl’s home Tuesday afternoon ostensibly to drop off a thumb drive containing material for a church project. The teen initially said he'd come in through an unlocked door, but later said she invited him over, according to a police report cited by NewsOK.com.

At some point, the girl’s mom came home and found Flores wrapped in a blanket hiding in her daughter’s bedroom closet, according to Fox 25.

The mom told police that Flores was expressly forbidden from entering their home, and that it was the first day she had left the teen unsupervised, according to NewsOK.com.

Because of the victim's age, it's irrelevant if she was a willing participant in any interactions with Flores, Oklahoma City Police spokesman Master Sgt. Gary Knight told NewsOK.com. The age of consent in Oklahoma is 16.

Flores was charged with two counts of rape, and ordered held on $50,000 bond, records show.

It was not immediately clear if he had hired an attorney.

[Photo: Oklahoma County Jail]