Broward - North

Broward pastor accused of molesting 9-year-old church follower in his bedroom


A 29-year-old pastor is under arrest, accused of molesting a 9-year-old girl in his Hollywood congregation.

Maher Jair Ortega-Estevez, 29, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with lewd or lascivious molestation.

Investigators with the Broward Sheriff’s Office say Ortega-Estevez molested the girl in his Deerfield Beach home, an apartment complex at 588 Trace Cir. He fondled the girl in his bedroom during her visit with her family, BSO said. The girl reported it to her parents and they called police.

Detectives say there may be more victims and ask anyone with information to call BSO Sex Crimes Detective Michele McCardle at (954) 321-4261 or report anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers of Broward County at (954) 493-TIPS (8477) or online at

According to BSO, Ortega-Estevez was a volunteer leader at the Assembly of God Bethlehem Ministry and led the church’s Hollywood congregation located at 501 S. 21 Ave., Hollywood.

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