Saturday, June 25, 2011

Pastor arrested for 11 counts of sexual assault against several women

A Las Vegas pastor arrested in December for allegedly sexually assaulting a girl in his congregation may have fled to California after more victims came forward, Henderson Police said.

Authorities last week issued a warrant for Otis Holland, 54, on 11 counts of sexual assault of a victim younger than 16, one count of child abuse and conspiracy to commit a crime, police said.

Holland has not turned himself into police, who believe he may have gone to California to evade arrest, officials said.

Police first arrested Holland, who was pastor of United Faith Church in Las Vegas, last December for three counts of sexual assault of a victim younger than 16.

Another alleged victim came forward in January, prompting police to arrest Holland again, that time for a felony count of lewdness with a minor younger than 14 years old, officials said.

The arrest warrant issued last week, however, relates to an investigation involving an additional two girls who came forward earlier this month, police said.

The alleged incidents involving Holland and the underage girls happened at various locations in Henderson and Las Vegas, police said.

United Faith Church had been holding services on Hacienda Avenue in Las Vegas. Police believe Holland was last staying at a home on Sail Rock Place in North Las Vegas.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Henderson Police at (702) 267-4750 or, to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or visit

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