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O.C. church official arrested on suspicion of child molestation

September 12, 2011 |  2:37 pm

Photo: Oscar Perez Perez. Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department A bishop at a Laguna Hills church has been arrested on suspicion of molesting the young son of a congregation member, and investigators are questioning another possible victim.

Bishop Oscar Perez Perez, 68, of the Old Catholic Church, which is not part of the Roman Catholic Church, was taken into custody Saturday night at his home in Lake Forest after an investigation by Orange County sheriff's detectives, said Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the department.

Perez was booked on suspicion of lewd acts with a child under 14 and held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Amormino said the boy, who is under 12 but whose exact age was not released, reported an incident in August to his mother, which led to the investigation.

Detectives also were interviewing a possible second victim and believe others connected to the congregation may have been molested by the bishop.

The Old Catholic Church holds services in rented space at St. George's Episcopal Church in Laguna Hills, according to Amormino.

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Photo: Oscar Perez Perez. Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department

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