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East Bay Minister Arrested On Suspicion of Sexually Assaulting Young Girl

MARTINEZ (CBS SF) -- A Baptist minister has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 14 over a period of several years, police said Friday.

Fernando Maldonado, a 32-year-old resident of Concord, was arrested on suspicion of a number of sexual offenses including unlawful intercourse with a juvenile less than 14 years old. He's being held on $725,000 bail according to police.

Maldonado has worked as a Baptist minister at churches in Pleasant Hill and Martinez, according to police.

Police took a report on Monday alleging that Maldonado had sexually assaulted the victim over a period of three years, starting when he was 29. After his arrest, police served search warrants in Concord, Martinez and Pleasant Hill.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information or similar allegations against Maldonado is asked to contact Detective Wah with the Martinez Police Department at (925) 372-2453.

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