News Story


Sexual Assault Arrest
3/3/2016 1:01:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Sexual Assault Arrest

Report Number:



City of Fillmore

Date & Time:

February 29, 2016    3:30 PM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau


(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence



Vidal Morales



Ventura, CA





On Monday, February 29th, 2016, Sheriff's detectives arrested Vidal Morales, a youth coordinator at the Saint Francis of Assisi Church in the city of Fillmore, CA, for one felony count of Lewd and Lascivious Acts Upon a Child.


Morales has worked at the Saint Francis of Assisi Church in the city of Fillmore for approximately 22 years and is currently employed as the church's youth coordinator. Morales' arrest stemmed from an investigation into the allegations made by a juvenile female, who interacted with Morales while he acted in his official capacity at the church.


The Sheriff's Office first learned of this crime in October of 2015 when the victim reported Morales sexually assaulted her in 2013. During the course of the months long investigation, additional victims were identified. Morales was arrested in the city of Ventura on February 29th, 2016. Morales was booked into custody at the Ventura County Main Jail and his bail is set at $20,000.


This investigation is still ongoing. Those with any information are encouraged to contact Detective Hector Macias at (805) 384-4740.



Prepared by:

Detective Hector Macias

Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau/ Sexual Assault Unit



News Release Date:

March 3rd, 2016


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Hector Macias




Approved by:


Captain Melissa Smith



Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).