ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
Date: February 8, 2016
WESTMINSTER, Calif. – A former church assistant was convicted today of molesting two girls under the age of 14 after befriending their families through the church. Branden Edward Shumate, 37, Koloa, Hawaii, was found guilty by a jury today, Feb. 8, 2016, of three felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14 with a sentencing enhancement allegation for committing lewd acts upon multiple victims. Shumate faces a maximum sentence of 45 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration at his sentencing on March 25, 2016, at 1:30 p.m., in Department W-9, West Justice Center, Westminster.
Between Sept. 13, 1997, and Sept. 12, 1998, the defendant, then 18 years old, worked as an assistant in a church where his father was a pastor and leader of the church in Lake Forest. During that time the defendant organized a trip to an Irvine water park for members of the church. Continue reading