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Toronto pastor faces sex assault charges

TORONTO, Ont. –  A Toronto pastor faces sexual assault charges involving four parishioners, according to Toronto police.

Between November 2010 and January 2013, a pastor allegedly sexually assaulted four women and girls who were between the ages of 14 and 21, said Det. Dan Luff.

Police arrested Artelino Vallada, 36, on Thursday. He faces four counts of sexual assault, two counts of sexual interference and two counts of invitation to sexual touching.

Police said he is a pastor at Jesus Christ the Open Door Church near Trethewey Drive and Black Creek Drive.

Police estimate it has a congregation of approximately 80 members.

“There may be more victims and we’d like the opportunity to have them come forward and speak to police about what’s going on,” Luff said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7474 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).