Perris Church Pastor Arrested on Suspicion of Rape

A pastor at Compassion Church in Perris was arrested on suspicion of rape today, Perris Police said in a news release.

Jerome Anthony Clay Sr., 41, is listed on the church website as the senior pastor. According to police, he was arrested at a residence in the 400 block of Perris Boulevard after search warrants were served there and at the church, located at 190 E. 5th Street.

Clay was booked into the Southwest Detention Center and bail was set at $55,000. No other details were given.

Sheriff's investigators believe there are other victims and urge them to contact law enforcement to report the crimes. Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator Barajas at the Perris Police Department by calling 951-210-1044, or by sending email to


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