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Fullerton Pastor Opposed to Gay Marriage Arrested on Chester Charges

Updated: Aug 13

Fullerton pastor John Rogers McFarland entered not guilty pleas on Monday during an arraignment on 11 counts of child molestation. If convicted of all charges against him, the 67-year-old faces a maximum sentence of 179 years to life. Police arrested McFarland on Thursday; Orange County District Attorney prosecutors allege that the molestation of seven children between the age of five and 15 happened between 2003 and 2017.

The Weekly interviewed pastor McFarland at Orangethorpe United Methodist Church in Fullerton for a 2017 cover story about the LGBT rift within the mainline Protestant denomination.

Read more on my latest OC Weekly Navel Gazing Blog post:

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