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Pastor Accused of Raping Women at Women's Shelter (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Pedro Custodio, also known as "Pastor Pete," is accused of sexually assaulting two women and attempting to sexually assault a third, all of whom sought refuge at a women's shelter that he ran in Lake County, Fla.

The shelter, Our Father's House of Refuge Ministries, was investigated last August for a different incident when police were told by a woman that Custodio tried to rape her in July 2013. Two more women claimed that Custodio did rape them, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

However, Custodio, who is married with kids, claimed that the sex was consensual, say police.

While Custodio has been charged with two counts of sexual battery and one count of attempted sexual battery, police are looking for more possible victims.

WFTV reporter Renee Stoll tried to interview Custodio after he posted bail and left the Lake County Jail on Tuesday (video below).

"You can believe all you want," stated Custodio, who held a hand over his face.

When asked why the three women made the allegations, he replied, "Well if you live in a place like that, you want to sue somebody."

However, the women have not filed lawsuits.

Later, Custodio grabbed Stoll's microphone and tossed it away. "That's assault," said Stoll.

Sources: Orlando Sentinel and WFTV