A two-decade-old community church in Inglewood has been turned upside down with news that its pastor, 50-year-old Gordon Solomon — who poses happily with his wife Ruth in a photo on the church’s website (seen below) may have been sexting and molesting a young girl.
It gets worse, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department says it has “reason to believe that there may be additional victims.”
Here’s the evidence against him:
Sheriff’s investigators with the Special Victims Bureau say they were contacted by the mother of a 14-year-old girl after she “discovered an explicit text from Solomon directed to the victim.”
When they tracked the young teen’s digital trail, investigators determined that an “ongoing affinity” between her and the 50-year-old pastor had developed and continued for (approximately) the past two years. Solomon and the victim exchanged numerous emails and texts of a sexual nature and met at various locations.
The Sheriff’s Department is alleging that Solomon engaged in “substantial sexual acts” with his victim, who he reportedly met through the church.
He’s got a huge bail — $3 million — and is being held for “Lewd Acts Upon a Child, 288(a),” which means there was (allegedly) some very heavy petting involved.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-5273.