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A youth pastor at an Aliso Viejo church was behind bars Thursday for allegedly having “inappropriate” contact with children, sometimes on church property.
Brandon McDade, 30, of Mission Viejo, was arrested Wednesday and is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff’s officials said they began investigating McDade Monday after receiving a report of inappropriate conduct. While investigating, detectives contacted several other alleged victims, each of whom indicated there had been inappropriate conduct by McDade over a two-year period when he worked as a youth pastor at Grace Hills Church, according to the sheriff’s department.
Several of the alleged crimes occurred at the church, according to sheriff’s officials, who said the teenage alleged victims all attended the church and were part of the youth group. McDade worked at the church for about six years.
Sheriff’s officials said they suspect there may be additional victims. Anyone with information was asked to call the sheriff’s department at (714) 647- 7418 or (714) 647-7000. Anonymous tips can be made to Orange County Crimestoppers at (855) 847-6227 or occrimestoppers.org.
—City News Service
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