The Iglesia Cristo es la Roça church in San Francisco's Mission District Wednesday, July 5, 2017. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

SF church volunteer pleads not guilty to sexually assaulting teenage parishioners

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office has charged a Mission District church volunteer with oral copulation of an unconscious person for allegedly repeatedly sexually assaulting two 18-year-old parishioners in his Bayview home.

Marvin Sotorizo, 36, appeared in San Francisco Superior Court on Wednesday morning for his arraignment on five counts of oral copulation of an unconscious person and one count of oral copulation of an unconscious person with the use of a substance.

Nearly half of the courtroom was filled with parishioners and the pastor of his church, all of whom had come to support the defendant.

“The two people who are not here,” said Assistant District Attorney Adam Maldonado, “[are the] two 18-year-old victims who Mr. Sotorizo sexaully violated.”

Sotorizo, who works for a real estate firm, allegedly met the two victims at the Iglesia Cristo es la Roca church where Sotorizo volunteers. The two victims were estranged from their families and Sotorizo invited them to his apartment, where he assaulted them while they slept, according to Maldonado.

The alleged crimes occurred from Sept. 1, 2016, to June 22.

Sotorizo’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender Christine Schenone, said that her client, who denied the charges and pleaded not guilty, is upset about the allegations.

“He wants to respond to these accusations,” she said.

After the judge granted a request for a stay away order, Schenone argued that there is no link between the alleged crimes and the church.

“There’s no link between that activity and these two men,” said Schenone. “They are adults.”

Sotorizo’s bail was set at $750,000.


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