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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- An East Charlotte associate pastor is facing a new round of child sex abuse charges.

Orlando Caldera, 64, was arrested last week for sexually assaulting two children at Memorial United Methodist Church on Central Avenue.

Detectives were able to identify five additional female victims that had been sexually assaulted by Caldera on Wednesday. The victims were between the ages of 6 and 10 years of age and there are now 26 additional charges.

"He's a leader in that church and I think he took full advantage of that role," said Maj Mike Smathers.

Police say he betrayed the trust of the children and their families.

"No parent in this case did anything wrong I don't want to imply that obviously cases like this are concerning," said the Major.

Church leaders say Caldera passed a background check, and was given training for all pastors, which advises they are not to be in the presence of a child unless another adult is present.

"There was nothing in those records, others have been looking back and found nothing," said Bishop Larry Goodpaster.

He said that Caldera was ordained five and half years ago and had been an active member going back 10 years.

"There was in my opinion what I would describe as some type of grooming behaviors that take place this was not a stranger assault," said Smathers.

Police say that in one case the alleged abuse went back at least a year. Investigators are dealing with seven children, five victims, one witness and one victim who has opted not to press charges to avoid the pain of going to trial.

"That's incredibility painful in and of itself, and then the children are fearful they won't be believed, so one never knows I'm just grateful they were brave enough to come forward," said Smathers.

Police advise parents that if Caldera was overly nice to their kids or gave them gifts; talk to them and if they suspect a problem to give investigators a call.

Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

An East Charlotte associate pastor is facing a new round of child sex abuse charges.

Orlando Caldera, 64, was arrested last week for sexually assaulting two children at Memorial United Methodist Church on Central Avenue.

An East Charlotte associate pastor is facing a new round of child sex abuse charges.

Orlando Caldera, 64, was arrested last week for sexually assaulting two children at Memorial United Methodist Church on Central Avenue.

An East Charlotte associate pastor is facing a new round of child sex abuse charges.

Orlando Caldera, 64, was arrested last week for sexually assaulting two children at Memorial United Methodist Church on Central Avenue.

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