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Torrance church leader accused of molesting 4-year-old girl

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A worship leader in Torrance was arrested on child molestation charges, and authorities believe there could be more victims.

Jose Mendez Vazquez, 67, is accused of sexually molesting a 4-year-old girl outside his home in 2008. He posted bail following his arrest, police said Wednesday. Vazquez has pleaded not guilty to various sex-related crimes stemming from the alleged incident.

Investigators said Vazquez worked as a worship leader at several churches throughout the South Bay that specialize in Spanish masses. They said Vazquez may have been in contact with other juveniles because of his work.

Anyone with additional information about Vazquez was asked to contact the Torrance Police Department at (310) 618-5571.

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