Jonathan Tsai, head pastor of Abundant Life Ministries in Hacienda Heights, was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting at least three young girls, reports ABC 7.
A woman told authorities that Tsai, who was her youth pastor at the time, repeatedly abused her over six years, starting when she was 12 years old.
Tsai was close with the victim’s family and authorities say he would sexually assault her while visiting her home
Two other victims have also reported similar sexual assaults from the pastor.
According to the Daily Mail, the church is attended by largely a Chinese mandarin speaking congregation. At the time of the alleged abuse beginning in 2000, Tsai was the youth pastor at the church which was then called Home of Christians Eastern Los Angeles Church.
Tsai has been charged with four counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 years old, one count of oral copulation of a person under 16, and one count of sexual penetration of a person under 16. He is scheduled to appear on court on Aug. 26.
Detectives also believe there may be more victims and are investigating Tsai for other cases of sexual assault in the city. The suspect is currently free on $1.4 million bail.
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