Sacto 9-1-1
January 28, 2011
Testimony alleges multiple molestations by Rio Linda pastor

By Marjie Lundstrom

A Baptist pastor whose Citrus Heights home brimmed with foster children and other needy kids, allegedly molested girls as young as 5 or 6 while they were in his care, according to testimony today in Sacramento Superior Court.

A judge is set to decide whether Tommy Gene Daniels, 48, will stand trial on six felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts and engaging in "substantial sexual conduct" with a child under 14.

Daniels, who remains in jail after his bail was upped to $6 million, is pastor of First Baptist Church of Rio Linda, where he is listed on the church's website as senior pastor. His preliminary hearing drew a handful of spectators who gathered in the hallway and prayed during a court recess.

Daniels was arrested in December and has pleaded not guilty.

Call The Bee's Marjie Lundstrom, (916) 321-1055.

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