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Former church usher settles molestation case
June 21, 2014, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Julian Lopez

The former Daly City church usher accused of inappropriately touching two young girls on separate occasions accepted a plea deal Friday to avoid trial on charges that could have sent him to prison for life.

Julian Lopez, 69, originally faced four counts of molestation but pleaded no contest to two counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 in return for a flat eight-year prison term. He also admitted using force and committing a violent felony.

Lopez will be formally sentenced July 25 after a report is compiled on his likelihood to reoffend. As part of his sentence, Lopez will also be required to register as a sex offender for life.

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.

The multiple victim allegation is what left Lopez originally facing a potential life sentence.

Lopez is in custody without bail pending his sentencing hearing.

 

 

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