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Sunday, February 11, 2007                                                                                       View Comments

Pastor arraigned for having sex with minor

A pastor of a Stanton church accused of having sex with a 16-year-old female parishioner appeared in court this week during his arraignment, which was continued until Feb. 23.

Ronald Hernandez Tovar, 56, of Placentia was charged on suspicion of three counts of having unlawful sexual intercourse and one count of oral copulation of a minor, prosecutors said.

Bail was set at $100,000. If convicted, Tovar faces up to five years in state prison.

Tovar, who is married, reportedly had sex with the teen from Aug. 1 to Dec. 31, prosecutors said.

Tovar, a pastor at the Shadow of the Almighty Church in Stanton, is accused of having unlawful sex with the girl on multiple occasions and locations, including his church office in Anaheim Hills, prosecutors said.

Anyone with additional information can call Supervising District Attorney Investigator Craig Kelsey at 714-347-8794.