Cicero youth minister faces sexual assault charges

April 9, 2014 (CICERO, Ill.)

In a news release Wednesday, Cicero Police said Juan David Ferreras is charged with criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of a child, battery and other crimes.

Authorities said the 43-year-old engaged in sexual conduct with at least six juveniles between 9 and 17 while he was a youth minister, photographer and teacher at Sonido De Alabanza Church. They suspect the crimes occurred at the church, his Cicero apartment and camps in Ingleside and Tsikilwa, where he ran youth retreats for the church.

Ferreras is set to appear in bond court Wednesday.

It wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

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