A former Lake Forest youth pastor was arrested on charges of rape Friday after multiple victims accused him of sexual assault, investigators said.
Sean Patrick Aday, 38, was arrested during a traffic stop following several weeks of investigation by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
Last month, a female victim contacted investigators saying she had been sexually assaulted by Aday while he worked as the youth pastor at Grace Community Church in Lake Forest. During the investigation, several other victims also indicated they had been sexually abused by Aday.
According to investigators, the assaults occurred over the course of the last several years in various places in Orange County, including inside the church, on church property and during church sponsored international trips.
The victims range in age from late teens to early twenties, and are all parishioners or volunteers at Grace Community Church. The church terminated Aday in October following the allegations.
Investigators believe Aday has additional victims and are hoping they will come forward.
Aday was arrested on charges of rape, sodomy, penetration with a foreign object and sexual assault.
He was booked into the Orange County Jail and released Saturday morning on $500K bond.
Anyone with information regarding additional victims is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victim’s Unit at (714) 647-7418