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Judge refuses to toss church usher’s molestation charges
May 23, 2014, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Julian Lopez

The former church usher accused of inappropriately touching two young girls on separate occasions will stand trial next month after a judge Thursday refused to dismiss the charges.

The defense asked Judge Jonathan Karesh to drop the case against Julian Lopez, 69, but were refused. Lopez now stands trial June 23 on four counts of molestation and faces life in prison if convicted of abusing multiple victims.

In 2008, Lopez served at Ministerio Mundial in Daly City when a teen says that, when she was 10, he approached her upstairs where she was doing homework and both kissed and fondled her. The girl said Lopez threatened to harm her parents if she told but she informed her mother who contacted the church pastor. The pastor called a church meeting at which Lopez reportedly confessed and asked forgiveness from some members of the congregation, according to prosecutors.

Lopez was removed as an usher but not the church.

The alleged victim brought the accusations to police now after having trouble attending the same church as her alleged abuser, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

After the teen came forward, further police investigation led to another reported victim who said around the same time in 2008, when she was 13, Lopez also grabbed her twice and touched her inappropriately.

Lopez is being held without bail and returns to court June 3 for a pretrial conference.

 

 

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