ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
Case # 15HF1595
Date: January 7, 2015
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – A youth pastor was arraigned today on charges of sexually assaulting five boys under 16 years old at church events. Brandon Ernis Lee McDade, 30, Mission Viejo, is charged with two felony counts of committing lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14, four felony counts of committing lewd acts upon a child between the ages of 14 and 15, two misdemeanor counts of child annoyance, and sentencing enhancement allegations for committing lewd acts upon multiple victims. If convicted, McDade faces a maximum sentence of 30 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration. McDade is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Feb. 5, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. in Department H-7, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach.
At the time of the crimes, McDade was employed as a youth pastor at Grace Hills Church in Aliso Viejo and had access to children. Continue reading