Francisco Porras was a part-time pastor at a newly formed "Rose of Sharon" church, in Arkansas, until the 51 year old's arrest by Van Buren Police last Monday, May 9th, for suspicion of 4 counts of 2nd degree sexual assault where prosecutors charge he allegedly groped at least 3 young girls, all of whom were members of his congregation.
According to police, one of the mothers reported Porras to LE after finding text messages he sent to her daughter's phone.A probable cause affidavit filed this week said the girls Porras allegedly assaulted told investigators he grabbed their chests and inappropriately touched them several times.
Porras is a part-time pastor at Rose of Sharon, a recently formed church that met in various churches around the Fort Smith metro area, including at Unity Baptist Church in Van Buren, where one of the alleged assaults happened, according to court documents.
Unity Baptist declined to comment on its relationship with Porras but said he wasn’t affiliated with the church and had been renting space to perform his practice there. The church said it was cooperating with investigators.
Authorities have said that at least one of the incidents took place at Porras' Van Buren home.
There was no contact listed for Porras' church, either online or in business filings, and it also isn't currently known how often Porras is around children.
Porras is not responding to any messages left at his last known phone number.Each sexual assault charge carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence and thousands of dollars in fines.
A Crawford County jail roster didn’t list Porras as an inmate Thursday afternoon, and online court records didn’t list an attorney to comment on his behalf.
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