In a brief court appearance this morning in Manteca, defense attorney Tim Rien of Livermore and prosecutor Robert Martinelli met briefly in front of Judge Duane Martin, and agreed on future dates to return to court to discuss the case against Reuben Lydell Mitchell, 43.
Mitchell, who was not in court today and was not required to be there, is the pastor of the Koinenia Christ Community Church in Tracy. He’s accused of molesting two girls several years ago.
He faces one count of committing lewd acts on child under 14, and a second count with the same girl when she was a couple of years older.
Mitchell is also faces two counts of molesting a second girl under 14 years old. The pastor if convicted could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison, said Martinelli.
Mitchell and the attorney are scheduled to be back in court Nov. 16 for another hearing prior to a scheduled preliminary hearing on Dec. 1, where a judge would decide whether enough evidence exists to try him.
One now-20-year-old woman told Tracy police in August she was molested in a car with the pastor as he drove to Tracy from Oakdale when she was 16.
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