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Carlsbad church pastor arrested on child molestation charges

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SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - Detectives from the San Diego Sheriff's Department Child Abuse Unit on Wednesday arrested a pastor from the North Coast Calvary Chapel in Carlsbad.

Authorities identified the pastor as Matthew Tague who is 43 years old.

Tague was booked into county jail on suspicion of 16 counts of lewd and lascivious acts -- two of them forcible -- with a person under age 14. According to Sheriff's, Tague self-reported on Monday. 

The incident was not related to his duties or position at the church. At this point, Sheriff's detectives have no indication there are additional victims.

Vista Sheriff's Station, Lt. Karen Stubkjaer declined to  declined to disclose the alleged victim's age or gender, but she did say the purported crimes were not "related to his duties or position at the church."

Authorities assured the alleged victim is not related to the church. "At this point, sheriff's detectives have no indication there are additional victims," Stubkjaer said.

The offenses allegedly took place over a roughly 12-month period, Stubkjaer said.

While the church is located in Carlsbad, Tague has lived in San Marcos. According to his church bio, he's been married for 20 years and has six children. 

The investigation is ongoing and no additional information is available at this time. Tague was booked into the Vista Detention Facility and is being held on $1,900,000.00 bail.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the Sheriff's Department at (858) 974-2310.

Tague's church released the following statement: 

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