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Christian rock singer arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting pre-teen girls

Emanuel Rodriguez
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A pastor who is a member of a Christian rock band was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting two girls under the age of 14.

Emanuel J. Rodriguez of the group 70xForgiven was set to play a gig at the Wood City Music Festival in Minnesota this past Saturday when he was arrested. Police in Omaha, Nebraska, had a warrant for Rodriguez and they asked police in Minnesota for help since he was going to play there.

The warrant for his arrest was issued in September 2016. Police believe that he was known to the alleged victims.

Related: Christian rocker Trey Pearson comes out in letter to fans

Rodriguez faces two counts of third degree sexual assault of a child. He waived extradition, meaning he won’t challenge being sent to Nebraska for prosecution.

The band’s website says that they do not play at bars and clubs and that their music is “ministry first” and “is always and all for Jesus!!!”

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