LAKE FOREST ( — A 38-year-old youth pastor at a Lake Forest church was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting several women ranging in age from their late teens to early twenties, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

The suspect was released Saturday on a $500,000 bond.

Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Unit investigators arrested Sean Patrick Aday on Friday during a traffic stop, after several weeks of investigation. The investigation included several interviews with female victims, according to OCSD Lt. Jeff Hallock.

An alleged female victim had contacted sheriff’s investigators in October to report that she had been sexually assaulted by Aday while he was working as the youth pastor at Grace Community Church, located on Trabuco Rd.

Throughout the investigation, several additional alleged victims were contacted, each indicating that they had been assaulted by Aday over the course of the last several years.

“The sexual assaults occurred inside the church, on church property, in various places in Orange County and during church-sponsored, international trips,” Hallock stated.

The allegations resulted in Grace Community Church’s immediate termination of Aday in October. Investigators suggest there may be additional victims who have yet to report their incidents.

Aday was arrested on charges of rape, sodomy, penetration with a foreign object and sexual assault. He was booked into the Orange County Jail, but was released Saturday on the bond.

Anyone with further information is urged to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Unit at (714) 647-7418.

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