PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Georgia pastor is facing a 9-count indictment for allegedly committing multiple sex crimes against 3 women in Portland over the last 8 years.
Helio Ferriera was arrested Dec. 3 in Georgia as a result of a combined effort between the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, the Hillsboro Police Department and the Portland Police Bureau.
A Multnomah County jury indicted the 41-year-old on charges including sodomy, kidnapping, rape, sexual abuse and identity theft stemming from crimes allegedly committed in 2012, 2016 and 2018.
Public records show Ferriera has lived in both Hillsboro and Forest Grove. He’s been involved with Seventh-day Adventist churches in the area, including one in Northeast Portland where a church bulletin from September of 2016 shows he was giving a sermon called “Defeating Our Enemies.”
According to police, Ferriera is currently a senior pastor at a Seventh-day Adventist church in Valdosta, GA. Many of his passionate sermons are posted on YouTube.
In November 2012, Ferreira is accused of raping a woman who was incapable of consent. In September 2016, Ferreira allegedly kidnapped a different woman and raped her. Nearly 2 years later in September 2018, Ferreira is again accused of kidnapping a third woman, raping her and then committing identity theft against her.
According to the indictment, Ferreira was identified as the culprit in each of these crimes by DNA. He’s currently behind bars in Georgia.
The Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists told KOIN 6 News that Ferreira was employed part-time for Oregon Conference entities from 2014 to March of 2019.
“At this time, we have no reports that these allegations have any connection to his employment in the Oregon Conference,” the group wrote in an email sent to KOIN 6 News. “Nevertheless, we will continue to monitor this matter closely and cooperate as appropriate with local authorities on any ongoing investigation into these allegations.”
Police are actively searching for other potential victims. If you have any information, please contact Detective Ross Dormady at 503.823.0880 or firstname.lastname@example.org.