Pastor Arrested On Suspicion of Sexually Assaulting Children
HACIENDA HEIGHTS, Calif. (August 6, 2020) – Jonathan Tsai, the head pastor of a Hacienda Heights church, is under arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting three girls including one who was his victim for six years between the ages of 12 and 18 years old.
Police arrested Jonathan Tsai on July 21 at his home before he was booked at the sheriff’s Walnut Station. He is being held in lieu of $1.4 million bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Police learned of the sexual abuse incidents on January 9th when a woman came to the police station and told authorities that her youth pastor had sexually abused her for six years.
The woman’s family had been members of the Home of Christians Eastern Los Angeles church. The church is located at 1145 S. Hacienda Boulevard.
Currently, Tsai was serving as the head pastor at the church that has since been renamed Abundant Life Ministries.
The woman told authorities that Tsai became close with her family. He would make visits to her family’s home and that’s where the alleged sexual assault crimes took place, police said.
Detectives investigating the crime found two other victims with similar sexual assaults during their childhood by Tsai.
Tsai is facing four counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 years old, one count of oral copulation of a person under 16 and one count of sexual penetration of a person under 16, the sheriff’s department said.
The suspect was released on bond on July 24 with his next court appearance scheduled for Aug. 26.
Anyone with information about a sexual assault case involving Tasi should contact the Special Victims Bureau at 877-710-5273. Those wishing to report anonymously can call 800-222-TIPS.
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