Former fugitive pastor in Vegas child sex case found guilty

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Posted: Jan 21, 2016 6:08 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former Las Vegas area church pastor who became an international fugitive on accusations that he sexually assaulted girls in his congregation has been found guilty.

A jury on Thursday found 59-year-old Otis Holland guilty of 15 felony charges, including child sexual assault and lewdness.

Holland faces life in prison with sentencing scheduled for March 16.

Multiple women testified that they had sex or sexual contact with the former pastor at the United Faith Church in Henderson when they were teens.

Holland denied wrongdoing and his defense attorney suggested that the accusers concocted stories about being abused because they thought they loved the pastor and were jealous of his adult relationships, including with other women from the church.

His attorney couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

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This story has been corrected to show Holland was found guilty of 15 felony charges, not 17.