Pastor Claimed He was ‘Provoked by Demons’

Octavio Cantarero, 42, of Gaithersburg, Maryland.

In May, a girl reported an attempted rape that had occurred in January of this year, sparking an investigation by a Special Victims Division of the Montgomery County Police Department.


The girl, whose age has not been disclosed, stated that she was a member of Iglesia Pentecostal Principe De Paz, and that the pastor there, 42 year old Octavio Cantarero had told her that she was "too young to live alone," and that he would provide a room for her at the church to stay in.


January 16th, it is reported that he took the girl to a room which contained a bed and stated that the two of them would sleep there.  According to the report, the girl stated that during the night, she woke up to Cantarero attempting to rape her and resisted.


She stated that he asked her not to tell anyone and said that he would provide for her clothing, shelter, and schooling expenses.


It is additionally reported that Cantarero told the girl that her demons had provoked him.


On September 16th, a warrant was issued for Cantarero.  On September 21t, he turned himself in to authorities, and was booked on four charges: sex abuse of a minor, attempted second-degree rape, assault in the second degree and fourth-degree sexual contact. He is being held without bond.


He is scheduled to appear in Montgomery County District court on October 18th.


Investigators are asking that anyone who believes that he/she was victimized by Octavio Cantarero or anyone who believes that his/her child was victimized by him to please call the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400.