Preacher facing rape charges

An Adair County preacher is now in jail, charged with rape.

42-year-old Carlos Mendez-Almendra is accused of sexually abusing four different women in Taylor and Adair Counties.

He's also charged with trying to intimidate a witness.

Kentucky State Police say Mendez-Almendra would go to the victims' homes, or invite them to his home for prayer, and then force them to engage in sexual activity.

He's been indicted in both Taylor and Adair Counties.

State police say their investigation is ongoing, and it is the result of complaints filed in April.

Mendez-Almendra was the preacher at a Spanish speaking church, Apostoles Prophetas, in Adair County.

The church has since been closed.

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