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O.C. pastor sentenced in sexual assaults on underage female parishioners

July 22, 2010 |  6:34 pm
A pastor of an Anaheim church was sentenced Thursday to six years in state prison for sexually assaulting four underage girls who were his  parishioners, authorities said. Jose Rama Campoverde sentenced in O.C. molestation case.

Jose Rama Campoverde, 46, who lives in Anaheim, pleaded guilty to one felony count of lewd acts on a child under 14, five felony counts of lewd acts on a child, two misdemeanor counts of child annoyance and a sentencing enhancement allegation for lewd acts on multiple children, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

Campoverde was charged with molesting the girls, who ranged from 13 to 17 years old, on various occasions between July 2004 and September 2009. Prosecutors said he kissed the girls, touched their buttocks and hugged them.

The assaults took place at the Ministerio Cristo Vive church and other locations, according to prosecutors.

Campoverde was ordered to register as a sex offender, the district attorney's office said.

--Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Jose Rama Campoverde. Credit: KTLA.