Pastor's Sentencing in Sex Abuse Case Delayed

By Raul Hernandez
Ventura County Star [California]
December 6, 2006,1375,VCS_166_5193754,00.html

A judge Tuesday granted a request by the lawyer of a former Thousand Oaks pastor who pleaded guilty in October to four counts of sexually abusing a girl at church events and on the church's school grounds to postpone sentencing.

William Alan Malgren, 52, is facing up to 11 years and four months in prison.

Attorney Brandon De Jonge of Downey told the judge that he was just hired by Malgren to represent him and needed more time to look at the case.

Ventura County Superior Court Judge Bruce Clark set Jan. 16 as the new sentencing date.

Malgren is in custody on $1 million bail. In October, he pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 and two counts of lewd acts on a child under 16. The sexual abuse took place between 1988 and 1989, police said.

Authorities arrested Malgren in Moscow, Idaho, where he is a pastor at Grace Baptist Church. He cooperated with authorities and waived his extradition rights, officials said.


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