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Former Thousand Oaks Pastor Held in Molestation

October 06, 2006|Catherine Saillant | Times Staff Writer

A former Thousand Oaks pastor was arrested in Idaho this week on suspicion of molesting a young student at Thousand Oaks Baptist School between 1983 and 1989.

William Alan Malgren, 52, is accused of sexually assaulting the girl from the time she was 7 until she turned 14, said Det. Eric Buschow of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.

At the time, Malgren was pastor of Thousand Oaks Baptist Church and the girl was a student at the church-run school, Buschow said. He was asked to leave in 1989 after a witness noticed him acting inappropriately with the girl, Buschow said.

Now 30 and living in another state, the woman came forward with her story within the last month, Buschow said.

"It was never reported at the time because people didn't think it rose to a criminal level," the detective said. "Later in her life, she realized they didn't really know what happened."

Malgren was being flown to Ventura County on Thursday after being taken into custody in Idaho the previous day, officials said. He is being held on $1-million bail on two counts of oral copulation of a child and one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child.

For the last decade, Malgren has been pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Moscow, Idaho.

Ventura County sheriff's investigators say there may be more victims and ask anyone with information to call Det. Mike Hartmann at (805) 371-8397 or Sgt. Barbara Payton at (805) 371-8392.

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