Music director at Richmond church charged with raping student

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Music director at Richmond church arrested for rape
Photo of Miguel Angel Villalobos c ourtesy of the Richmond Police Department.

A volunteer music director at a Richmond church is accused of raping one of his students in the music program over a period of several years, beginning when she was a minor.

On March 21, the victim reported to police that Miguel Angel Villalobos, 37, assaulted her while she was attending music lessons at the St. Cornelius Church in Richmond. This prompted an investigation by the Richmond Police Department spanning several months.

On Tuesday, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office charged Villalobos with two counts of rape and one count of sexual penetration by a foreign object. He remains in custody at the Martinez Detention Facility.

Villalobos has worked at several churches throughout the Bay Area since 2010, and police believe there could be additional victims who have yet to come forward.

In addition to St. Cornelius Church in Richmond, he’s also worked for St. Clement Church in Hayward, and most recently, the Queen of all Saints Church in Concord, police said.

Police are asking anyone with information about this case to contact Det. Terry Thomas at (510) 621-1746 or [email protected].