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Providence Pastor Arraigned on Child Molestation Charges

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A Providence, Rhode Island pastor is facing several charges stemming from an investigation into alleged child molestation.

Roy D. Bolden Jr., 33, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of first- and second-degree child molestation and third-degree sexual assault. Providence Police Sgt. Philip Hart says Bolden, referred to as Apostle of the Legions of Christ Ministries, will likely face more charges after the case moves to the Attorney General's Office.

Messages were left seeking comment from Bolden's church.

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Providence Police Maj. David Lapatin says a 21-year-old man told police Friday that Bolden sexually molested him for six years, beginning when he was 12 years old. Bolden was arrested Monday.

Lapatin says police are distributing a photo of Bolden and meeting with church members to determine if there are more alleged victims.

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