Pastor Accused Of Sexual Assault

CHICAGO (AP) -- A 49-year-old Chicago pastor is free on bond after being charged with sexually assaulting a young male church member over several years.

Jose Rolando Morales of Mount Prospect has posted ten percent of his $400,000 bond and has been released. He's charged with one count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and one count of criminal sexual assault.

He is accused of abusing the church member starting in 1996 when the young man was eleven years old. The alleged victim is now 22.

Morales is the founding pastor of Ashland Christian Ministries on Chicago's Northwest Side.

No phone listing for Jose Morales at the address provided by authorities could be found. A listed phone number for the church has been disconnected.


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