CITRUS HEIGHTS, Calif. (CBS13) — The head pastor of a local church has been arrested for multiple counts of sexually molesting children, according to authorities.

The Citrus Heights Police Department said 48-year-old Tom Daniels was arrested on a warrant for felony charges of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 and engaging in three or more acts of sexual conduct with a child.

Daniels is the head pastor of the First Baptist Church of Rio Linda and also has been employed as a foster parent and day care provider.

Daniels is being held at the Sacramento County Main Jail on $6,000,000 bail.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Lieutenant Ray Bechler at the Citrus Heights Police Department at (916) 727-5500.

Comments (14)
  1. Randy Aquino says:

    Authorities should have done a thorough nationwide criminal background check including fingerprint check through AFIS on this individual before being employed as a foster parent and day care provider.

    1. Dave says:

      …and another christian bites the dust LOL.

  2. fawn thompson says:

    this man is no christian

  3. wooze says:

    your tithes and offerings at work folks.

    1. crazygenious says:

      My sentiments exact!!!!

  4. Elliott the Cat says:

    Makes me think the Church has always involved in crime,
    Just the News and Net makes us aware !

    Sad, 2000 years of Molesting !

  5. John Sampson says:

    Another one who needs the “needle”. Put him down for the good of all children. He will only do it again if ever released and it seems to me they all are released in the end.

  6. crazygenious says:

    What makes these people think that they are going to get away with this?? Good Im glad someone came forth and finally arrested this spineless excuse of a human being..hiding behind the “Man of God”…to do what ever he can think of harming innocent children,,,its is intended for this person to get caught and arrested for the malicious thing he did….Thank God…..let him suffer for what he put these poor children through… Amen!!!!!!

  7. crazygenious says:

    Ommmg !!! a foster parent and daycare provider on top of that?? how in the hell did he passs this??? Wow!!! ofc,, he lied through his teeth to get this job,, in order to get close to these poor kids…..And nobody investigated this thoroughly??? Wow!! Again…. Thank California for this Gigantic Blooper for this Mistake.. They ought to fire the person or persons that let him have this type of work to let go through the system of caring for these Kids…Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez……

  8. Denise Currie says:

    Just makes me sick to my stomach

  9. Crazygenious says:

    I just hope that No One has the brains to pay for his bail,,, to do this a again.. because he will..A leopard never changes his spots….just his territory..

  10. Shawna Ables says:

    Why don’t we all just pray that this is not true? I hate to think it is. I will pray for his family as well as the church. In our society we need God more than ever! I am very sad to say that this story is going to be a hard blow for Christianity.

  11. StopTheCoverUp says:

    Tip of the Baptist Pedo iceberg in the Northwest US.

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