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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A local minister is accused of inappropriately touching two young girls, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Police charged 64-year-old Reverend Orlando Agusto Caldera with two counts of indecent liberties on Monday.

Reverend Caldera's picture is still on the church's Facebook page, and his name is still on the sign out front, but after these accusations he has been shown the door at Memorial United Methodist Church in Charlotte.

"The pastor in question has been removed from that post indefinitely," said Reverend Don Newman.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said Monday night just before 9:00 they were called to the church in response to a disturbance.

Once on scene, a 6-year old girl, a 10-year old girl and one of their mother's told police that Caldera had inappropriately touched the girls.

Newman says there was never any reason to suspect Caldera, which makes the accusations against him even more difficult on the church family.

"Shock, surprise, sadness," Newman said.

Newman says Caldera's main work was in leading the Church's Spanish-speaking congregation. To his knowledge, Caldera was not involved in any of the youth programs.

Police have charged him with two counts of indecent liberties with a child and are investigating new information about more potential victims.

Newman wants church members who have children to understand that they do have strict policies in place to keep kids safe.

"We run background checks on our staff, employees, those who work with children, and that's true of all of the programs that go on here," Newman said.

The church practices "safe sanctuary", which basically means no adult should ever be alone with a child. Caldera was taken to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, where he remains in custody.

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