INGLEWOOD, Calif.–A judge today found sufficient evidence to put an Inglewood pastor on trial for nine felony sex-related counts involving an underage girl, a judge ruled today.
Inglewood Superior Court Judge John Meigs ruled there was sufficient evidence to require Gordon Barrington Solomon, 50, of Christ’s Community Church, to go to trial 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 July 1 of this year.
Solomon was arrested on July 4 by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and has remained jailed in lieu of $3 million bail. He pleaded not guilty to all charges on July 6.
Solomon met the girl through his involvement with the church, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Scott of the Special Victims Bureau said at the time of Solomon’s arrest.
Over the past two years, Solomon had 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.
Solomon is due back in court Oct. 30 for a pretrial arraignment.
If convicted as charged, Solomon faces up to 26 years and eight months in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.