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Minister charged with sex crimes against children after disturbance at church


A Charlotte minister is facing charges of sex crimes against children after officers were called to a church to the report of a disturbance.

Sixty-four-year-old Orlando Agusto Caldera was charged two counts of indecent liberties with a child early Tuesday morning.

Officers were called to the Memorial United Methodist Church, along Central Avenue, on Monday night to the report of a disturbance.

When they arrived, officers found a 10-year-old girl, a 6-year-old girl and one of the young girls' mothers.

They told police Caldera, a minister with the church, had inappropriately touched both of the girls.

WBTV has learned that Caldera served Spanish-speaking members of Memorial United Methodist Church for almost nine years.

Caldera was taken into police custody, questioned and charged. He was booked in the Mecklenburg County Jail around 5:10 a.m. Tuesday morning.

"It makes me very sad," said Don Newman, lead pastor at the church. "The number one priority for us as a church and as a place where children congregate is their safety. That's foremost for us. The pastor in question has been removed from that post indefinitely."

Newman added that the church does have safeguards in place, and that they do background checks on all staff who have contact with children.

According to police, detectives already received additional information about more potential victims in the case.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers mobile app website at

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