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Church Youth Leader Accused Of Kidnapping And Sodomizing 13-Year-Old

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A youth leader at a Rowland Heights church has been accused of carrying on an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl since May. Yanhao "Eric" Ren, 24, has been a youth leader at Evangelical Formosan Church of Rowland Heights for two years, and had been attending the church since 2006, the OC Register reports. Police say that through his work at the church, he met a 13-year-old girl with whom he's engaged in a variety of sex acts in multiple counties since May.

The alleged crimes came to light when CHP officers went to check on car parked in a turn-out off Highway 330 near Running Springs at about 11:55 p.m. on Sunday. Inside, they found Ren in the backseat with the girl. Ren and the girl both told investigators that they had been in a relationship for the past few months, and Ren was arrested the following day.

Ren has been charged with sodomy with a child under 14, oral copulation with a child under 14, sex crimes with a child under 14, penetration with a foreign object with a child and kidnapping. Investigators believe these acts took place in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties on multiple occasions.

Anyone with additional information should call Detective John Everman at (909) 387-3615.