Pastor accused of molesting girls for 7 years

The pastor of a northern California church has been charged with molesting three girls over the course of seven years, and he faces life in prison if convicted.

James Gladwell Crawford, pastor of Westside Church of Redding, California, had his bail set at $1 million at the Shasta County Jail in connection with 31 criminal counts, including 22 felony counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, a series of sex crime-related enhancements, and nine misdemeanors.

Shasta County Deputy District Attorney Patricia Van Ert told the Record Searchlight on Friday that although there was no sexual intercourse in the alleged crimes, Crawford is accused of inappropriately touching the girls, who are now 17, 16 and 11, and that he also engaged in other inappropriate behavior.

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