By CBSLA Staff

RANCHO CUCAMONGA (CBSLA) — A pastor at a Rancho Cucamonga church has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a young girl for years, according to sheriff’s investigators.

(credit: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department)

Puredi Hillary, 67, was arrested Thursday, following the initial report of sexual abuse by a 14-year-old girl in April. The girl told police investigators she was 9 years old when the sexual abuse began, and it continued until she was 12.

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An extensive investigation by San Bernardino County sheriff’s investigators identified Hillary as the suspect. Hillary is a leader at Shiloh Tabernacle Church in Rancho Cucamonga, which identified him as an apostle.

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Hillary is being held on $350,000 bail. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday.

The church did not immediately respond to a request for a comment.

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Anyone with information about the investigation or Hillary can contact Detective Rachel Young at (909) 387-3615.