Police in Brazil say they've detained an Evangelical pastor accused of raping six women, including three minors.

Officer Marcio Mendonca Dugubras says Marcos Pereira of the Assembly of God of the Latter Days church was detained late Tuesday in the Rio de Janeiro suburb of Sao Joao de Meriti. He says Pereira is suspected in six rapes.

Rio's O Globo newspaper reports that one of the alleged victims said she was raped by Pereira from the age of 14 to 22.

Phone calls to the church were not answered, but the church posted a statement on its website saying it is "confident in the actions of God in the life of Marcos Pereira." It adds: "The Bible teaches that there is no evangelism without persecution."