HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Hawaii resident has been convicted of sexually assaulting two young girls while working at a church in Southern California.
The crimes date back to the late 1990s when Branden Edward Shumate, now 37, was working as an assistant in a Lake Forest church where his father was the pastor. The first crime occurred in 1997 when then 18-year-old Shumate sexually assaulted a six-year-old girl as she slept in the church.
Six years later, when the victim was 12, Shumate again assaulted the girl, this time forcing her to perform a sexual act on him in an empty parking lot.
The girl did not report the crimes until years later when Shumate moved with his family to Hawaii.
Shumate's second victim was a 10-year-old girl who was living in his family home in California. Police say he entered the bathroom as she showered and sexually assaulted her.
It wasn't until her family moved away to Alaska that she finally reported the crime to her mother.
Shumate was arrested in Honolulu in 2011 and extradited back to California. A jury found him guilty on Monday of three felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14. He faces a maximum sentence of 45 years to life and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration.