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O.C. pastor convicted of sexually assaulting 5 boys

July 11, 2012 |  6:55 pm

Oscar D. PerezA Lake Forest pastor was convicted Wednesday of sexually assaulting five boys and now faces a maximum sentence of 330 years to life in state prison, Orange County prosecutors said.

Oscar D. Perez, 69, knew the boys through their church in Laguna Hills and assaulted them when they stayed over at his apartment or came for visits, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney’s office.

Perez was “found guilty by a jury of 22 felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14, four felony counts of lewd acts on a child and sentencing enhancement allegations for lewd acts against multiple victims,” the statement said.

The abuse took place between 2007 and 2011 and the boys ranged in age from 9 to 15. Authorities said Perez gained their trust by getting close with the boys’ families and having the youths help with services.

Perez is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 14 in Santa Ana.

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

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