Southern California pastor held in molestation

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Updated: 3/14 10:17 pm

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California pastor has been arrested on suspicion of molesting two boys — one of them for years.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department says 54-year-old Stephen Howard was arrested Thursday.

He remains jailed on $250,000 bail.

Howard has been lead pastor at Muscoy United Methodist Church in San Bernardino since 2001. He was youth director at a United Methodist Church in Ontario from 1989 to 2001.

Investigators suspect that Howard paid for sex acts from two boys who used to attend the Muscoy church. One boy is now 14 and the other is 23.

The adult allegedly told investigators he was molested from the age of 9 into adulthood.

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