OC Pastor Sentenced to 330 Years For Molesting Boys

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LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (KTLA) -- A pastor was sentenced on Friday to 330 years in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting five young parishioner boys in his Lake Forest apartment, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Oscar D. Perez Perez, of Lake Forest, was found guilty of 22 felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14, four felony counts of lewd acts on a child, and sentencing enhancement allegations for lewd acts against multiple victims.

Perez, 69, faces a maximum sentence of 330 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration when he is sentenced.

Perez represented himself as an Apostolic pastor and bishop at Iglesia Antigua, a church that rented space at St. George's Episcopalian Church in Laguna Hills.

Perez met his five victims through the church and gained their trust by befriending their families and having the boys assist with church services.

Between 2007 and 2011, Perez sexually assaulted the five victims between the ages of 9 and 15 years old on one or more occasions while they were visiting or sleeping over at the defendant's apartment.

The sexual assault against the victims varied, and included sodomy, oral copulation, sexual penetration, touching of the victim's penis and/or buttocks, kissing, and hugging.

Sentencing is set for September 14.

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