Detectives with the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigations Division have been investigating the sexual assault of a 13-year-old female by a 24-year-old youth minister.

The investigation began on June 26, 2015, and revealed that the 13-year-old female had become close to the suspect in February of 2015. The suspect was the River of Life Church youth group minister. The church is located at 5906 Halpine Road in Rockville. By April of 2015, the suspect had begun a dating relationship with the victim and he initiated sexual contact. The relationship escalated to multiple incidents of sexual activity into June of this year. The suspect was aware that the victim was 13 years old. None of the sexual activity occurred on church property.

On July 10, 2015, detectives arrested and charged Paolo Dominic Belarmino, age 24, of the 13300 block of Midway Avenue in Rockville. He was charged with sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree rape, second-degree sexual offense and third-degree sexual offense. He was released on July 13.

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