Loma Linda Pastor Convicted of Molesting Child; Police Suspect More Victims

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More Survivors Sought After Loma Linda Pastor Convicted of Molesting Child

More Survivors Sought After Loma Linda Pastor Convicted of Molesting Child

Aug 25, 2022

A Loma Linda man accused of molesting a child was found guilty of sexually touching and harassing a young girl, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Harold Dien, a 57-year-old pastor from Loma Linda, was arrested in 2018 after evidence tied him to the crime, according to a report from local FOX 11 Los Angeles.

Dien received the following sentence:

The Tier 1 designation is considered the lowest of California’s Tiered Sex Offender Registry, the state Department of Justice website confirmed.

Following Dien’s conviction, authorities are warning that there may be additional survivors who were sexually abused by the former pastor but have yet to be identified.

In 2018, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s investigators reportedly arrested Harold Dien following a tip that he had sexually assaulted an underage girl. Deputies subsequently searched the 57-year-old man’s home in Loma Linda and found “enough evidence to charge him with molesting the girl,” according to a report from local KTLA.

KTLA further reported that:

“Few details were given about the abuse, but officials said at the time of his arrest that it did not occur in the church. Dien was affiliated with a church in Upland and in Orange County, officials said at the time.”

During Dien’s trial, another survivor came forward and accused him of sexual assault, according to KTLA. “Despite his conviction, investigators believe there are more victims or witnesses who have not yet been contacted by detectives,” KTLA said.

Anyone with information regarding a possible sexual assault committed by former Loma Linda pastor Harold Dien is urged to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Crimes Against Children Unit at 909-890-4901. Anonymous tips can also be made online or by calling the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463).

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