Pastor accused of kidnapping, molesting child

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A Richmond pastor is behind bars and charged with kidnapping and molesting a child. 

According to Richmond police, the victim is under 14 years old and a member of the pastor’s congregation.

On Friday, Victor Hernandez-Pineda, 53, was arrested by Richmond police in Oakland. 

He is charged with multiple counts of kidnapping and continuously molesting a child. 

Herrnandez-Pineda is a pastor at Iglesia Pentecostal Movimiento de Gloria, a Spanish-language Christian church on 3rd Street near MacDonald Avenue in Richmond. 

Hernandez-Pineda is being held on a $7 million bail. 

Police say there might be more victims. 

“We do encourage anyone who has either been a victim or has information about the current investigation to reach out to our detectives or the family justice center,” Joseph said.


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