LANCASTER – A 31-year-old Desert Christian School employee was charged Friday with molesting two girls, ages 11 and 12, at Grace Chapel’s Sunday church services in Lancaster.
Lancaster resident Jonathan Michael Macy pleaded not guilty to two counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Macy is due back in court Wednesday, Aug. 27 for a preliminary hearing.
Because the case involves two victims under age 14, Macy faces a maximum state prison sentence of 30 years to life, if convicted, according to Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami. Bail remains at $1.2 million.
Macy was an employee at Desert Christian School and Grace Chapel Church, which is located on the school’s campus in the 44600 block of 15th Street West in Lancaster. Both victims knew Macy through his work at Grace Chapel Church, according to a statement by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau.
“On August 5, 2014, detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau began investigating an allegation of child molestation involving a young female child and an employee at Desert Christian School in Lancaster. Over the course of the investigation, a second victim of child molestation was identified,” detectives said in the statement.
Both incidents happened within the last year at Grace Chapel’s Sunday church services in Lancaster, and the victims were 11 and 12 years old, the prosecutor said.
Macy also worked as a teacher at St. Mary’s School in Palmdale. Both Desert Christian and St. Mary’s School are cooperating with the investigation, detectives said.
Officials at Desert Christian School and Grace Chapel Church did not return repeated calls for comment Friday.
The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Special Victims Bureau.
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