A former Community Outreach Pastor at Antioch Community Church and local business owner has been arrested for patronizing an illicit massage parlor.

Ed Espinosa was immediately suspended from his position at Antioch on December 7 after disclosing to his supervisor, and turned in his resignation on December 19. Espinosa was on staff with Antioch’s Community Outreach Ministry for eight years.

Espinosa passed multiple routine background checks throughout his employment with the church, and was never accused of misconduct toward women.

The women working at the massage parlors were victims of human trafficking. They were made to live and work in unsafe and unsanitary conditions at the massage parlors, were kept under constant surveillance and were made to provide commercial sex for customers.

Antioch Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert said in a recently-released statement, “Our hearts are broken over any and all sexual exploitation of women. As a community we have been committed to not only stand against it, but to assist in the rescue and healing process for anyone victimized by sexual abuse or exploitation. Ed’s conduct was not only inappropriate but directly against our values and policy as a church and as the people of God. We continue to be committed to helping heal whatever is broken, whether on behalf of the victim or the victimizer, we believe restoration is still possible through Jesus Christ.”