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State corrections officer charged with 1990s molestations

November 27, 2019
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This photo released by the Tulare Police Department shows Steven Arey. Authorities in central California have arrested Arey, a state correctional officer they say molested several children while serving as a youth pastor in the mid- to late 1990s. Also charged is Kevin Sandoval, a retired correctional officer. Authorities say both men were affiliated with Valley Bible Church in nearby Visalia in the 1990s. (Tulare Police Department via AP)
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This photo released by the Tulare Police Department shows Steven Arey. Authorities in central California have arrested Arey, a state correctional officer they say molested several children while serving as a youth pastor in the mid- to late 1990s. Also charged is Kevin Sandoval, a retired correctional officer. Authorities say both men were affiliated with Valley Bible Church in nearby Visalia in the 1990s. (Tulare Police Department via AP)

VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in central California have arrested a state correctional officer they say molested several children while serving as a youth pastor in the mid- to late 1990s.

Tulare police say 48-year-old Steven Arey was arrested last week and charged with multiple counts of molestation. Arey works in Los Angeles County.

Also charged is a retired correctional officer, 56-year-old Kevin Sandoval.

Authorities say both men were affiliated with Valley Bible Church in nearby Visalia in the 1990s.

Authorities say the investigation began after an alleged victim reported being molested by Arey at the age of 8 or 9.

It’s unclear whether Arey has an attorney. Sandoval hasn’t been provided with a public defender.