INGLEWOOD, Calif.–A pastor at an Inglewood church was charged today with nine felony sex-related counts involving an underage girl.
Gordon Barrington Solomon, 50, of Christ’s Community Church, is scheduled to be arraigned today in Inglewood Superior Court on seven counts of committing a lewd act on a child and one count each of continuous sexual abuse and oral copulation of a person under the age of 14.
The criminal complaint alleges that the crimes occurred between June 1, 2010, and last Sunday.
Solomon was arrested Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and has remained jailed in lieu of $3 million bail.
Solomon met the girl, who is now 14 years old, through his involvement with the church, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Scott of the Special Victims Bureau.
Over the past two years, Solomon developed a relationship with the girl and the two exchanged emails and texts of a sexual nature and met at various locations, according to Scott.
The girl’s mother contacted authorities after finding an explicit text Solomon sent to the girl, the sheriff’s sergeant said.
If convicted as charged, Solomon is facing up to 26 years and eight months in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.