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A 55-year-old Wildomar pastor suspected of sexually assaulting a child multiple times was being held Thursday in lieu of $1 million bail.

Fredy Gonzalez was arrested and booked into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta Wednesday on suspicion of child rape, sodomy of a minor and lewd acts on a child under 14 years old.

According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Gonzalez presides at a Wildomar church, but the house of worship wasn’t identified.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Joshua Parker said detectives initiated an investigation Tuesday following reports of an alleged sexual assault on the child.

Parker said the alleged offenses occurred at a property in the 32000 block of Blue Terrace Street, near Palomar Street.

Details regarding how Gonzalez became acquainted with the victim and the circumstances behind the alleged sexual abuse were not provided.

The suspect was interviewed at the sheriff’s Lake Elsinore station, where he was taken into custody without incident Wednesday morning.

Background information on Gonzalez was unavailable.

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