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Priest forces 16-year-old girl to strip naked as part of healing ritual

By Mason White 10:11 AM August 10, 2015
Pablo Pinto Mata 

By: Mahesh Sarin
Police are looking to arrest a priest on a charge of sexual assault after allegedly forcing a teen girl to strip naked during a healing ritual, police in California said.

Montebello police said that 46-year-old Pablo Pinto Mata, used to perform healing rituals in his place of business called Los Angeles Imports, which is located in the 2400 block of Whittier Boulevard.

Investigators believe that the healing rituals were a ploy used to assault the 16-year-old girl. Mata has been on the run for the past two years.

According to the police investigation, Mata performed three healing rituals on the 16-year-old girl. During those incidents, the girl had to undress.

The third time, Mata forced the girl to undress and sexually assaulted her. Mata claimed that assault was part of a ritual common in the Caribbean.