Bruce Echavarre, a pastor in Stockton, California, was arrested on suspicion of molesting two young girls. He was also a volunteer as a Stockton police chaplain but was relieved of his duties immediately after his arrest.
On May 14, 2018, a 15-year-old and a 12-year-old accused their pastor of molestation. Two days later, 57-year-old Bruce Echavarre was arrested. He is being held in San Joaquin County Jail.
|About Bruce Echavarre|
|Children||Abi Echavarre, Glocer Jon, Jon Dwight, Jon Rouel, Melody Anne Micah, Mic Ko, Ray Echavarre|
|Alumni||San Joaquin Delta College|
Bruce Echavarre Was Called to Settle a Fight
According to Bruce Echavarre’s Facebook, he is married and has seven children (two daughters and five sons). He was born in Santiago, Philippines, but lived in the U.S. for most of his life.
He graduated from Edison Senior High in Stockton, California before attending San Joaquin Delta College in Tracy, California.
The police chaplain was well-respected in his community. And many believe that it is unlikely for him to act inappropriately.
His son, Ray Echavarre, maintains his father’s innocence. He claims that the two girls are “apparently related to us from our grandma’s side,” adding that his father helped their family buy a home, car, and cell phone plan.
“It hurts us a lot because the family that did accuse him, we gave them everything. We went out on a limb and helped them,” said Ray Echavarre.
On May 16, 2018, the two girls reportedly got into a fight. Their mother texted Bruce Echavarre to help diffuse the situation. That was the night he was arrested.
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Background Checks Did Not Raise Red Flags
The accusers also went to the police with allegations against the U.S. Army Master Sergeant.
Bruce Echavarre’s neighbors and friends only have good things to say about him. Ray is sure that his father is innocent and thinks that his family is now being subjected to scrutiny and shame for no good reason.
“That is out of his character and there’s no way he’d do something like this,” Ray Echavarre said of his father.
Stockton police chaplains go through rigorous background checks, and Bruce Echavarre has been serving his community since 2014. Nothing about his evaluations were cause for concern.
Still, Echavarre has been relieved of his duties.
Investigators are now looking at the possibility of there being more victims. Anyone who was victimized by Bruce Echavarre or might have information about the case are asked to call the Stockton Investigations Division at 209-937-8323 or anonymously at 209-946-0600.