Church deacon arrested for child molestation
Detectives seek other possible victims
November 1, 2007
HESPERIA — An 88-year-old former deacon at the First Baptist Church was arrested on suspicion of continuously molesting two girls over a four-year period, beginning when they were 7, officials said Thursday.
Authorities from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said their investigation revealed that Roy Long, 88, of Victorville may have also inappropriately touched other victims between 1996 and 2000, when he was active in the church, said Detective Julie Brumm of the Crimes Against Children Detail.
“This was reported by the victims and they have been working on this case for the last several months,” said Cindy Beavers, spokeswoman for the department.
Both of the girls reported the same type of sexual molestation over the course of four years, officials said.
“The molestation occurred several times,” Beavers said.
Officials believe the abuse extended to other, unnamed juvenile victims, and they are asking that anyone who may have been abused come forward at this time.
“The purpose of releasing his photo was because the investigators believe that there is a good possibility that there are other victims,” Beavers said. “If anyone has had any contact with him — and it could’ve been a number of years ago — and he acted in appropriately, the investigators would like to hear from them.”
Officials said at this time there are two felony counts of continuous sexual abuse against Long, and he is to appear in court in Victorville on Monday.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Crimes Against Children Detail can be reached at (909) 387-3615.
SNAP Note: First Baptist Church of Hesperia is shown as an SBC-affiliated church.