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Rancho Cucamonga church volunteer charged in child rape case

An Arizona man charged here Tuesday with four counts of child rape was described by authorities as a volunteer at a church in Rancho Cucamonga.
Christopher Allen Sjaarda, 38, of Mohave Valley, Arizona also “travels between California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada and may have had contact with other victims in those states,” according to a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Authorities did not identify the church at which Sjaarda was a volunteer.
Sjaarda was arrested Saturday in Rancho Cucamonga by sheriff’s detectives. They had been investigating him on a complaint that he had sexually abused a minor girl over the past five years, according to the release.
The four felony child rape charges each say the alleged violations took place on a child 10 years of age or younger. Sjaarda also faces two felony child pornography charges and a misdemeanor sexual assault on an animal charge. Court records did not show his plea at midday Tuesday.
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He was in custody without bail at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.
The case is still under investigation. Anyone with information about is asked to call the Rancho Cucamonga Police Detective Division at 909-477-2800. Anonymous tips can be made through  the We-tip hotline at 1-800-782-7463 or www.wetip.com .

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