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Church Leader Accused of Molesting 4-year-old Girl

TORRANCE, Calif. (KTLA) — A South Bay worship leader has been charged with molesting a 4-year-old girl, police said.

Jose Mendez Vazquez, 67, worked at several South Bay churches that serve Spanish-speaking congregations.

The charges stem from an incident that allegedly took place near his home in Torrance in 2008.

The alleged victim, who is now 8 years old, recently told a friend what happened, and the friend informed Torrance police.

Vazquez was arrested on Dec. 3 and charged with two counts of committing lewd acts upon a child. He has pleaded not guilty and is free on bail.

Investigators believe that Vazquez might have had contact with children at the churches he served.

Anyone with information about Vazquez is asked to call detectives at 310-618-5571.