Church "Healing" After Youth Pastor Charged With Sex Assault

Police have arrested a man Thursday night for sexually assaulting a teenage girl while working as a youth pastor at a local church. Now, the church has responded saying they're "healing" after a terrible situation.

Police say their Internet Crimes Against Children unit picked him up Wednesday inside the Chapel Hills Mall in Colorado Springs.

Investigators accuse Amoroso of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl back in October on multiple occasions in locations across the city. The investigation initially began on October 18. This was at the same time Amoroso was apparently working as a youth pastor at a local church.

This is the statement of Senior Pastor Derek Sissel, of Gateway Church:

Gateway Church is a Christian church in Colorado Springs. Our church requires those who minister on its behalf to practice what the church preaches. We, therefore, will not tolerate the conduct of any minister who exploits a person he is to serve. When Gateway Church recently received an allegation that its youth minister, Josh Amoroso, had acted inappropriately with a teenaged girl, we immediately looked into the matter, reported the information we had to the Colorado Springs Police Department, and terminated Mr. Amoroso. Promptly thereafter, the Church’s leadership communicated with those affected or potentially affected by Mr. Amoroso. The church has reached out and will reach out to the girl abused by Mr. Amoroso. If anyone else has been hurt by Mr. Amoroso, we ask them to contact Pastor Derek Sissel and, if criminal conduct is involved, we ask them to contact law enforcement as soon as possible. We understand that sin wounds deeply and that this is especially so when the sinner holds a pastoral position. We also understand that God heals. These are difficult times for those affected by these events. Please pray for us all. The church will continue trying to do the right thing during the days ahead. It will also continue to cooperate with law enforcement.

If you know anything about other possible victims, you're asked to call police at 444-7000. You can also make an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.

Stay with and 11 News as more details about this criminal investigation are released.