Friday, January 27, 2012

Pastor Wanted For Sexually Abusing Up To 13 Minors In Nevada Arrested In Tijuana By State Police

Pastor Otis Vernell Holland

Photo: Baca California State Police

Pastor Holland had fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution.

By H. Nelson Goodson
January 27, 2012

Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico - On early Thursday, Baja California State Police (BCSP) and the Baja California State Attorney General's Office (PGR) working in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Service reported the arrest in Tijuana of fugitive Pastor Otis Vernell Holland, 56, of Las Vegas. A tip by U.S. authorities led BCSP to Holland's residence in Northern Tijuana. He tried to escape from the residence, but was arrested without incident.
Holland is expected to be extradited to the U.S. once he gets processed by Mexican authorities. He is facing multiple felony counts of sexual abuse and assault charges of at least 13 female minors ranging in ages from 13 to 16 in Nevada.
The sexual abuse by Holland began in 1990 and was finally reported to police in December 2010 by one of the victims. By July 2011, at least four more victims came forward and Holland fled the U.S. to avoid prosecution, according to the Henderson Police Department.
Holland was the founder and pastor for the United Faith Church in Henderson, a suburb of Las Vegas, Navada. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

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