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Former church choir director pleads guilty to sexual abuse of teenagers

A church choir leader arrested last year on suspicion of sex crimes against a 15-year-old girl who was a member of a San Ysidro church choir pleaded guilty Monday in Superior Court in San Diego to one count of lewd acts on a child.

Rafael Magana, 28, faces up to three years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender for what police say was a sexual assault that occurred in the Paradise Hills neighborhood.

San Diego police said Magana, who was 25 at the time, drove the girl to and from a baby shower on November 6, 2021.

After the baby shower, police said Magana drove the girl to Paradise Hills where he parked the car on Reo Drive, sexually assaulted her, then drove the girl home.

Police said she was a member of Victory Outreach Church in San Ysidro, where Magana was her church’s choir director.

The victim only reported the assault to police in March last year due to what police described as “a confluence of factors”. Magana was arrested last August and has remained in detention since then.

California Daily Newspapers

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