Pastor in Perris arrested on suspicion of rape

A Riverside County pastor has been arrested on suspicion of rape, and authorities are searching for other possible victims.

Jerome Anthony Clay Sr. -- who is pastor of Compassion Church in Perris -- was arrested Thursday after a search warrant was served at his home in the 400 block of Perris Boulevard, just around the corner from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Investigators also searched Compassion Church at 190 E. 5th Street, according to the Sheriff's Department, which is under contract to provide policing services for the city of Perris.

Clay, 41, is being held at the South West Detention Center in Murrieta in leiu of $55,000 bail.

Investigators believe there are other victims and urge them to contact investigators in Perris at (951) 210-1044 or by email at


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