SACRAMENTO, CA (WCMH) — Police said the 4-year-old was assaulted when the child went to the restroom during services.
According to KTXL, Rolis Wheeler, 39, has been charged with sexual assault on a minor under 10, and kidnapping in connection to the incident that police say happened at the New Discovery Christian Church in California, while the congregation was praying.
Worship Leader William Mendoza told KTXL, he has talked to the victim’s mother. “I know she’s not only distraught but very angry and upset and rightfully so, yeah that was pretty evident to me.”
Mendoza said Wheeler had joined the church three or four years ago after being homeless. Wheeler was integral in organizing events for the church to feed the homeless, according to Mendoza.
Now other parents are worried because their children rode the bus with Wheeler every weekend.
Mendoza said he understands the parents’ concerns, but Wheeler is also entitled to his day in court. “Even our justice system says innocent until proven guilty.”