Former Fugitive Pastor Hit with 22 More Charges in Henderson

Clay Center Dispatch
March 24, 2016

A former Las Vegas-area church pastor already convicted and facing life in prison for sexually assaulting teenage girls in his congregation appeared in court on more charges Wednesday in a similar but new case in Henderson.

Otis Holland remained in custody while Justice of the Peace David Gibson scheduled an April 25 preliminary hearing on 22 felony charges including child sexual assault, lewdness, battery and use of a minor in pornography.

Prosecutor Robert Langford said the new case involves five victims.

Holland, 59, faces sentencing April 6 in Clark County District Court after a jury found him guilty in January of 15 similar charges of child sexual assault and lewdness, but also including conspiracy to destroy evidence and bribing a witness.

Holland's defense attorney, Carmine Colucci didn't immediately respond to messages.

Holland was known to his United Faith Church congregation in Henderson as "Reverend Otis" before he became an international fugitive after his initial arrest in December 2010 on accusations that he sexually assaulted girls as young as 7.

He was featured on the television show "America's Most Wanted" before he was found in January 2012 in Tijuana, Mexico.

Holland has denied wrongdoing and his attorney suggested his accusers concocted stories because they thought they loved Holland and were jealous of his adult relationships.








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