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Venice Youth Pastor Accused Of Sexual Relationship With Young Girl

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SAN FERNANDO (CBS) — A 28-year-old youth pastor was accused of having a yearlong affair with a young girl who attended the Venice church where he worked.

Demetrius Darnell Allen, of Granada Hills, was charged with 10 counts of lewd acts on a child, single felony counts of possession of child pornography and contacting a minor for a sexual offense.

Allen pleaded not guilty to the charges and was being held on $1 million bail.

Allen is scheduled to be back in court Aug. 16 for a bail hearing, and Sept. 15, when a date will be set for a preliminary hearing.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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