Former Carlsbad pastor accused of molesting child pleads not guilty to forcible sex charges with minor

VISTA (KUSI) — A 43-year-old Carlsbad pastor accused of repeatedly molesting a female family member for about two years pleaded not guilty Friday to 14 forcible sex charges against a child.

Matthew John Otis Tague was ordered held on $1.9 million bail.

Tague, who ministers at North Coast Calvary Chapel on Poinsettia Lane, was taken into custody about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday after being questioned by detectives at the Vista Sheriff’s Station, Lt. Karen Stubkjaer said. Tague had called the Sheriff’s department Monday to report himself.

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. 

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Stubkjaer declined to disclose the alleged victim’s age or gender but said the purported crimes were not "related to his duties or position at 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. 

 A preliminary hearing has been set for July 17th.

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