The former pastor of North Coast Calvary Chapel in Carlsbad, California who pleaded guilty to committing a lewd act on a child earlier this year was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Tuesday.
According to NBC San Diego, Matthew Tague, 44, was arrested last year on 14 counts of lewd and lascivious acts on one minor victim after Tague turned himself in to authorities when his wife discovered he was abusing the girl.
The abuse began when the child was 12 and continued for two years.
"This is very shocking to me," Karen Graham told NBC 7 last June. She said the pastor mentored her son. "It's like losing a close friend to my son, to my family. To have a man of this stature do something like that, it's just unbelievable."
According to SDSO investigators, Tague’s victim was allegedly molested by force multiple times.
SDSO Lt. Karen Stubkjaer said following the arrest that she could not disclose details on the nature of the relationship between the pastor and his victim, but did confirm the allegations were not related to Tague’s position at the church.