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Pastor Arrested for Lewd Acts With a Child

A Fontana man who serves as lead pastor at a Muscoy church has been arrested on suspicion of molesting two boys who had attended his church and giving them money in exchange, San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials said.

According to a news release, on Saturday, March 8, 2014 deputies from the Central Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of a child molestation occurring in the cities of San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga, and Fontana. The suspect, Stephen Howard, 54 year old male, resident of Fontana, is the pastor of the Muscoy United Methodist Church in San Bernardino.

On Monday, March 10, 2014 the Crimes Against Children Detail was called and they assumed the investigation. The victims are 14 and 23 years old and previously attended the Muscoy Methodist Church. The 23 year old victim’s abuse began when he was nine years old and continued into adulthood. The victims disclosed that Howard was sexually abusing them in exchange for money.

Howard was arrested and booked at the Central Detention Center and is being held on $250,000.00 bail.

-PC 288(a): Lewd Acts with a Child Under 14
-PC 288a(b)(1): Oral Copulation with a Person Under 18
-PC 286(b)(1): Sodomy with a Person Under 18

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

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Jennifer Wood from the Crimes Against Children Detail.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

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