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Pastor accused of molesting children released

A Lynn pastor accused of sexually assaulting five children over several years was released after posting $25,000 cash bail following his arraignment in Lynn District Court, prosecutors said.

An automatic not guilty plea was entered Tuesday on behalf of Daniel Lopez, 62, on seven counts of indecent assault and battery of a child under 14 and one count of rape of a child, said Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for the Essex district attorney’s office.

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Lopez is a pastor at the Vida Real Internacional Congregation in Lynn, according to a ­police report that alleges he sexually abused the five young members of his congregation between 2004 and 2008.

The children belonged to two families. Lopez was a close friend of the families; members referred to him as uncle or brother. He was often alone with the children, who were ­between the ages of 6 and 8 when they were assaulted, accord­ing to the report.

A message left for Lopez Wednesday was not returned.

Most of the boys and girls Lopez abused were too young to understand that Lopez was inappropriately touching them, and they did not immediately tell anyone about the abuses, the report alleged.

One of the children told a parent in March about being touched by Lopez. The two families convened a meeting and discovered that four other children also said Lopez had touched them inappropriately, the report said. The families then contacted Lynn police.

A judge ordered Lopez to wear a GPS tracking device and have no contact with victims, witnesses, or any unsupervised contact with children under the age of 16, Kimball Monahan said.

Todd Feathers can be reached
at todd.feathers@globe.com. ­Follow him on Twitter ­@ToddFeathers.
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