A 31-year-old man accused of molesting two girls who were at a Lancaster church for Sunday services was charged and entered a not guilty plea on Friday.
Jonathan Michael Macy — an employee a Desert Christian School and Grace Chapel Church, both on the same Lancaster campus — appeared at Antelope Valley Courthouse.
He pleaded not guilty to two counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
His alleged victims were 11 and 12 and were targeted during church services last year, according to the DA’s office.
Macy, who was also a teacher at St. Mary’s School in Palmdale, was set to appear for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 27.
Officials at both schools have been cooperative, according to investigators.
Because of the age of his alleged victims, Macy faces up to 30 years to life in state prison. His bail was set at $1.2 million.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced the allegations on Thursday, a day after Macy’s arrest.
The investigation began Aug. 5 regarding one girl’s allegations; a second alleged victim came forward while detectives were working on the case.
The alleged incidents occurred in July 2014 and about July 2013, according to Sgt. Brian Hudson of the sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau, who was working on the case.
Investigators had no reason to believe there were other victims, but they were looking into it, Hudson said.