Youth Pastor Arrested on Child Rape Charges

Louis Bristol, 28, Worked for the Carpinteria Community Church

Thursday, February 28, 2013
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Louis Bristol

Louis Bristol, a youth pastor and assistant hotel manager in Carpinteria, turned himself in to Sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday and has been charged with multiple counts of child molestation, child rape, and giving drugs to minors.

Authorities say Bristol, 28, raped at least two teenage girls — whom he met through his position as a High School Youth Pastor at the Carpinteria Community Church — in empty rooms at his other workplace, the Holiday Inn Express. Detectives have reason to believe there are additional victims, said Sheriff’s spokesperson Kelly Hoover. Calls to the Carpinteria Community Church were not immediately returned.

One of the girls was raped on multiple occasions, Hoover said. Bristol had sent them inappropriate text messages and photos before the assaults, and reportedly gave marijuana to the victims and other members of the church youth group. The crimes took place between late 2012 and early 2013, Hoover explained.

Bristol sits in County Jail awaiting arraignment. His bail is set at $2 million.

“If you have any information related to these crimes or can help identify others who may be victims as well,” said Hoover, “call Detective Chris Corbett at 684-5405 ext. 424 or call the anonymous tip line at 681-4171.”


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it would be nice to know if it was forcible or statutory.

Botany (anonymous profile)
March 1, 2013 at 5:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Given the amount of the bail bond, it's likely forcible. I've dealt with similar cases in the past, so in my experience $2 million is an extremely high amount for this crime. Of course, I don't know the particulars of the arrest report and I'm not an attorney. Just an educated guess based on previous experience.

805bailbonds (anonymous profile)
March 1, 2013 at 8:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Looks like a scumbag and is associated with a church- yep he is a scumbag.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
March 1, 2013 at 10:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

He's a scumbag based on his actions, not his appearance or affiliations. Slippery slope there, AZ.

Scooter (anonymous profile)
March 1, 2013 at 12:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Another so-called X-ian criminal using religion as his shield of perpetration. Throw this guy into a cage for a few decades or until "Satan" arrives to release him.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
March 1, 2013 at 12:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If it happened multiple times and they were being given party favors, I'm thinking it wasn't forcible.

Ages would be nice, too. If they were in high school, were they 17 or were they 14?

I don't care what the law says, a 28 year old guy smoking some herb and having consensual sex with a 17 year old female shouldn't be any sort of crime. Let the parents and the church handle it.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
March 1, 2013 at 12:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Anyone that judges someone by looks and not on character is a moron. Too bad the system doesn't actually go by the saying innocent until proven guilty. Anyone "accused" of a crime is always deemed guilty and then they are forced to prove their innocence.

Carpdad (anonymous profile)
March 1, 2013 at 2:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

the News-Suppress printed the ages as 14 and 16, I believe. We shouldn't judge until the legal proceedings have happened. If true, this is horrendous.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
March 1, 2013 at 2:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@ Scooter and CarpDad- Please! I for sure know that if this would have been a bald hispanic, Scooter would have began talking about gangs, injunctions, and illegal immigration. He looks like a creep and what makes him even more creepy is that he hid behind a church.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
March 1, 2013 at 6:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

AZ2SB- you have already made up your mind that he is guilty because of your inability to look at him as a person. That makes you the creep because you put your trust in looks. Get real and let the truth be told.

Carpdad (anonymous profile)
March 1, 2013 at 8:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Too bad for him that he's not Catholic. They'd just move him to another parish.

taz (anonymous profile)
March 2, 2013 at 9:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Years ago it occurred to me that a series of on-campus lectures, beginning at junior high school level, particularly by women in law enforcement, might be helpful in matters of this nature. Was there a background check done here? I know after the fact criticisms are not helpful. Yet I do raise the question why one of the rules of employment did not address a policy of no intimate, private, contact between staff and student? Then, too, under what circumstance was he allowed such personal and obviously unsupervised contact in the first place, especially when one student complained of repeated felonious behaviour?

salsipuedes (anonymous profile)
March 2, 2013 at 9:41 a.m. (Suggest removal)

May I please add that I do respect the time honored innocent until proven guilty element of Anglo-Saxon Law, as opposed to the rush-to-judgement stance.

salsipuedes (anonymous profile)
March 2, 2013 at 9:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Truth be told, I do judge a book by its cover, initially, but then whoever says they don't are full of it.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
March 2, 2013 at 12:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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Scooter (anonymous profile)
March 4, 2013 at 9:12 a.m.

I'm guessing that blocked comment was for me?

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
March 4, 2013 at 3:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)


Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 4, 2013 at 3:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Damn it, now I have to wonder what he said.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
March 4, 2013 at 6:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Next time check back sooner.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 4, 2013 at 7:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I don't know, these censors have a faster trigger finger than Billy the Kid.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
March 4, 2013 at 7:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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shibalba (anonymous profile)
March 14, 2013 at 2:39 a.m.

This guy says just give the girls guns and this kind of thing won't happen.

ahem (anonymous profile)
March 23, 2013 at 6:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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