Puredi Hillary California
Puredi Hillary, founder and minister at Shiloh Tabernacle Church in Rancho Cucamonga, California, has been arrested on suspicion of continuous sexual abuse of a minor. (Photo: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department)

California Church Leader Held for Alleged Child Sex Abuse

By Associated Press

The co-founder and “’apostle” of a Southern California church was arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a child for years, beginning when she was 9 years old, authorities said Friday.

Puredi Hillary, 67, of Rancho Cucamonga, California was arrested Thursday on suspicion of continuous sexual abuse of a minor and committing lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department announced.

The department was contacted by a 14-year-old girl in April who alleged that she was sexually abused from the ages of 9 to 12, and an investigation identified Hillary as a suspect in the sex abuse case, the department said. 

Hillary remained jailed on $350,000 bail. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he had an attorney to speak on his behalf.

Hillary and his wife, Ruth Hillary, founded the Shiloh Tabernacle Church ministry in 2001 and both are certified as apostles by the church, according to its website.

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“God has worked miracles through their hands such as raisings from the dead, healings from various diseases such as cancer, aids, diabetes,” according to the website.

The church, which has a mailing address in Rancho Cucamonga east of Los Angeles, is also known as Puredi Hillary Ministries, Inc., according to the website.

A message seeking comment from the church wasn’t immediately returned Friday.

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  1. “If you ever run into a preacher who has titled himself ‘Apostle’ or ‘Prophet’, RUN!”
    — my writing partner (the burned-out country preacher)

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