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Pastor in Vegas child sex case guilty

Posted at 12:52 PM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-21 19:12:36-05

A former Las Vegas area church pastor who became an international fugitive on accusations that he sexually assaulted girls in his congregation has been found guilty.

A jury on Thursday found 59-year-old Otis Holland guilty of 17 felony charges, including child sexual assault, lewdness, and conspiracy to destroy evidence.

Holland faces life in prison with sentencing scheduled for March 16.

Multiple women testified that they had sex or sexual contact with the former pastor at the United Faith Church in Henderson when they were teens.

Holland denied wrongdoing and his defense attorney suggested that the accusers concocted stories about being abused because they thought they loved the pastor and were jealous of his adult relationships, including with other women from the church.

His attorney couldn't immediately be reached for comment.