Rancho Cucamonga pastor arrested in child sex abuse case

San Bernardino Sun [San Bernardino CA]

July 23, 2021

By Jonah Valdez, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

A pastor of a Rancho Cucamonga church was arrested this week on suspicion of sexually assaulting a child at the church, authorities said.

A 14-year-old girl reported to authorities in April that the pastor of Shiloh Tabernacle Church abused her for several years, starting when she was 9 years old and continued until she was 12, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested the pastor, Puredi Hillary, 67, of Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday evening and he was booked on charges of continuous sexual abuse of a minor, and lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14.

The abuse took place at the church on 8678 Archibald Avenue, the department said.

The church did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Friday.

Hillary founded the Shiloh Tabernacle Church in 2001 and has been meeting in the Inland Empire since 2002, according to the church’s website. The church has since started another congregation in Sommerton, Ariz.

The church claims on its website that through its ministry, pastors have healed the sick, raised some from the dead and increased people’s financial earnings.

Hillary is incarcerated at a San Bernardino County jail and is being held on $350,000 bail.