A pastor in an Anaheim church has been accused of molesting four girls in his congregation, The Orange County Register reports. The 45-year-old pastor was arrested in September and has been charged with one felony count of lewd acts on a child under 14, five felony counts of lewd acts on a child, two misdemeanor counts of child annoyance, and a sentencing enhancement allegation for lewd acts on multiple children. He is accused of inappropriately touching four girls as young as 13 between April 2007 and September 2009. The Anaheim pastor, who has a prior conviction for sale or distribution of drugs, faces a state prison sentence of up to 11 years and four months if convicted.
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