Crime & Justice

LA church usher charged with child sex abuse

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Prosecutors say an usher from a Los Angeles Jehovah's Witness congregation has been charged with sexually abusing four boys.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says 34-year-old Marcelo Lozano was charged Wednesday with nine felony counts, including aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Lozano pleaded not guilty to all nine counts and a judge set his bail at $1.9 million.

Prosecutors allege he abused boys who ranged from eight to 15 years old between 2006 and 2013.

Deputy District Attorney Rena Durrant said the defendant met the victims through the Sun Valley Spanish Congregation in the San Fernando Valley.

Police are still investigating the case.

If convicted, Lozano faces a maximum term of life in prison