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OC Youth Pastor Accused of Sexually Molesting Boys

A former youth pastor for an Aliso Viejo church has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually assaulting 5 boys under the age of 16 at church-related events.
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A previous young minister at an Aliso Viejo congregation has entered a plea of not guilty in response to accusations of sexually abusing 5 boys younger than 16 during events associated with the church. Brandon Ernis Lee McDade, 30, from Mission Viejo, is confronting a possible sentence of 30 years to life in jail if found guilty.

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Update: Orange County Pastor Gets 6 Years for Child Sexual Assaults

January 11, 2017 – Brandon Ernis Lee McDade pleaded guilty Monday and was immediately sentenced to 6 years in prison for sexually assaulting two underage boys at church events in Aliso Viejo, according to the Orange County Register [1]. The former youth pastor was convicted on one count of committing lewd acts on a child younger than 14, two counts of committing lewd acts on a child between 14 and 15, all felonies, and a misdemeanor count of child annoyance. McDade was also ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

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McDade is accused of molesting the boys on church property, at a local movie theatre and a youth camp in San Bernardino County, according to CBS Los Angeles [2]. He also faces 2 misdemeanor charges of child annoyance and a possible sentencing enhancement for harassing multiple victims.

Authorities say the incidents occurred between June 2009 and December 20, 2015, while McDade was working at Grace Hills Church in Aliso Viejo. He had been employed there for about 6 years, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

“McDade is accused of sexually assaulting the victims while the victims were on church property,” the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement. “The defendant is accused of molesting one of the victims at a movie theater in Orange County and molesting another victim while the victim was attending a youth church camp in San Bernardino County.”

McDade was arrested December 9 after a parent of one of the alleged victims went to the authorities. He was later released on $20,000 bond, but is currently being held on $1 million bail until a pretrial hearing next month. McDade has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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McDade in Court on Child Molestation Charges

April 11, 2016 – Brandon Ernis Lee McDade was in court on Friday to determine whether there is enough evidence to try him on sexual abuse charges, according to [3]. McDade has been charged with 4 felony counts of lewd acts on a child 14 to 15, 2 counts of lewd acts on a minor, and 2 misdemeanor counts of child annoyance. He also faces sentence enhancements for multiple victims. McDade is scheduled to be arraigned again next Monday.

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