North County pastor jailed on suspicion of molestation

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SAN MARCOS, Calif. – A Carlsbad pastor was arrested Wednesday on suspicious of molesting a minor, according to San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Matthew Tague, 43 of San Marcos, was booked in Vista Detention Facility after being arrested around 12:30 p.m. He was accused of multiple counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14, authorities said.

"At this point, sheriff's detectives have no indication there are additional victims," Sheriff's Lt. Karen Stubkjaer said.  "Tague is a pastor at the North Coast Calvary Chapel in Carlsbad, however, the incident was not related to his duties or position at the church."

His bail was set at $1,900,000.

The church posted the following statement on its website:

We are deeply grieved to share that early this week we learned that a pastor at North Coast Calvary Chapel, Matthew Tague, was reported to have acted inappropriately with a minor, off church property, and outside of church ministry activities.

When our staff learned of the allegations, we immediately reported the accusation to our Sherriff’s Department and terminated Mr. Tague’s employment. On Wednesday May 31, Mr. Tague was arrested on suspicion of the offense.  The investigation of the accusation is now in the hands of law enforcement.

We ask you to please pray for the victim, as well as the family involved in this tragic matter.  Please pray for law enforcement as they determine the facts.  We also ask you to pray for justice and restorative healing to take place for all involved.

We are utterly heartbroken by these events. We have strict requirements and procedures in place for hiring pastors and staff including professional background checks and exhaustive interviews.  In this case, Mr. Tague had no previous record of arrest or criminal charges.  It goes without saying that we are cooperating fully with law enforcement.

As we as a church family process this tragic event, we know that you will have questions.  Please meet with our pastors, all of whom will make themselves available to you, or contact Executive Pastor, Bob Mackenzie:; 760-929-0029 ext. 104

Anyone with information related to the arrest should call the sheriff's department at 858-974-2310.

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