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Elgin pastor charged with criminal sexual assault

46-year-old had authority over alleged victim

Elizandro Montoya-Salazar, 46, of the zero to 100 block of North Lord Avenue, Carpentersville
Elizandro Montoya-Salazar, 46, of the zero to 100 block of North Lord Avenue, Carpentersville

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – An Elgin pastor is accused of sexually assaulting a child he knew, according to a news release from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Elizandro Montoya-Salazar, 46, of the zero to 100 block of North Lord Avenue, Carpentersville, was charged Thursday with criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony and four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony.

Kane County prosecutors allege in charging documents that between Nov. 1, 2018, and Dec. 1, 2018, Montoya-Salazar sexually assaulted and sexually abused the victim. Montoya-Salazar knew the victim, who was younger than 18.

At the time, Montoya-Salazar served as a pastor at Iglesia Apostólica de Elgin church, 37W080 Hopps Road, Elgin. Montoya-Salazar held a position of trust and authority over the victim, the release stated.

Montoya-Salazar appeared in Kane County bond court, where Kane County Associate Judge Keith Johnson set his bond at $300,000, requiring he pay $30,000 to be released on bail.

If Montoya-Salazar posts bail, he is prohibited from having contact with the victim or the victim’s family, having any contact with anyone younger than 18, being within 500 feet of the victim’s residence and being within 500 feet of the church.

In addition, he must relinquish his passport and cannot leave the state of Illinois.

Montoya-Salazar’s next court appearance is set for Friday.

The Kane County Child Advocacy Center investigated the case with assistance from the Elgin Police Department. The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information should call the Kane County Child Advocacy Center at 630-208-5160.

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