Gordon Solomon, pastor at Christ's Community Church in Inglewood, Calif., was arrested Wednesday for allegedly engaging in a two-year sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl.
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The relationship between Gordon Solomon, pastor at Christ's Community Church of LA in Inglewood, Calif., and his young congregant began when the girl was only 12 years old, authorities say.
The 50-year-old pastor allegedly "developed an ongoing affinity" for the girl, which involved exchanging emails and texts of a "sexual nature" and meeting at various locations, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.
The young girl's mother discovered one of the explicit text messages from Solomon and immediately called the police. Investigators then determined that the relationship had been going on for two years by tracing back the sexting messages on the girl's phone.
The minister was charged Friday with seven felony counts of committing a lewd act on a child, one felony count of oral copulation of a person under the age of 14 and one felony count of continuous sexual abuse, the District Attorney announced.
If convicted as charged, Solomon -- who is in jail on $3 million bail -- faces a maximum sentence of 26 years and eight month in state prison, the D.A. says. He is expected to make his initial court appearance Friday at the Inglewood Courthouse.
Source: The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles