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Pastor is charged in two more molestation cases

August 15, 2007|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

An Anaheim pastor accused of molesting three congregants was charged Tuesday with sexually assaulting two additional victims at his home and his church office, prosecutors said.

Raul Rosas Hernandez, 42, faces multiple felony counts in the latest case, including lewd acts on a child under 14, lewd acts on a child, unlawful sexual intercourse and distributing pornography to a minor.

According to prosecutors, Hernandez assaulted two girls between 1997 and 2006, one while she was 7 to 15 years old and the other when she was 11 to 13.

In 2006, Hernandez was charged with assaulting two girls and a boy between 1998 and 2003. After a court hearing in that case, Hernandez was caught attempting to collect money so he could flee to Mexico.

Hernandez is being held in lieu of $1-million bail. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted of all charges.

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