The crimes occurred in Nipomo between 2005 and 2008

NIPOMO — San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Detectives have arrested an Oregon man for child molestation charges that occurred in Nipomo. 

In September of 2022, sheriff’s detectives received a report of a suspected ongoing child molestation that occurred in Nipomo between 2005 and 2008. The investigation revealed the suspect Jeffrey York, who at that time was a youth pastor at New Beginnings Community Church in Nipomo, had contact with a male victim and had sexually assaulted him for years.

The Sheriff’s Department reported that over the course of several months, detectives completed an investigation that led to an arrest warrant. At that time, York was believed to be living in Portland, Oregon. Detectives were in the process of arresting York in Oregon when on March 27, during a routine patrol, South Station deputies located a vehicle registered to Jeffrey York out of Portland parked in the 600 block of El Camino Real in Arroyo Grande. Deputies contacted detectives and advised them York was in Arroyo Grande. 


York was arrested and booked into County Jail on two counts of oral copulation by duress, two counts of lewd acts with a child under 14 with force, and other various charges. Bail was set at $400,000. 

Anyone with additional information about this case or other potential victims should contact the Sheriff’s Detective Division at (805) 781-4500.