A 70-year-old Costa Mesa man, who volunteers to chaperone children at a local church, pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting two sisters and was immediately sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The mother of two girls, ages 12 and 14, contacted police in September 2020 to allege that Mark Allen Korando Sr. had inappropriately touched her daughters, according to Roxi Fyad of the Costa Mesa Police Department. Korando sexually assaulted the sisters in 2016 and in 2019, according to court records.

Police would not say how Korando met the siblings, but they said Korando would chaperone groups of girls from a local church on out-of-state trips to provide services for needy people, Fyad said.

The church was not identified, but police said it was in the 1700 block of Baker Street. The only church in that vicinity is Mesa Verde United Methodist Church at 1701 Baker St.

Korando pleaded guilty to four counts of forcible lewd act on a child and six counts of lewd or lascivious act with a minor younger than 14, all felonies, according to court records.

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