Pastor Accused Of Molesting Girls In Soundproofed Room Arrested

Otis Holland Accused Of Videotaping Victims In Soundproofed Room In His Home

A Las Vegas-area pastor wanted for allegedly sexually assaulting young girls is in custody in San Diego.

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10News cameras captured exclusive video of 55-year-old Otis Holland being taken into custody by U.S. Marshals at the San Ysidro border.

Federal authorities received a tip that he had been living at a church in downtown Tijuana. They are not sure how long he had been hiding out in Mexico, but they are looking into the possibility there could be more victims.

"Mexican State Police will follow up with the church down there to make sure there are no victims since he was again feeling comfortable and staying at a church," said Deputy U.S. Marshal Omar Castillo.

The pastor has been the focus of an international manhunt since June 2010. He was the minister of a church that held services in a tax preparation building in Henderson, Nev.

Holland is accused of molesting at least three girls in his congregation.

"The allegation is he manipulated these young girls into getting in a limousine with him and that's where they were getting sexually assaulted," according to Castillo.

According to police in Henderson, Holland targeted troubled teens at the congregation and then offered to counsel them. Investigators said he sound-proofed a room in his home and videotaped his victims.

Members of his congregation helped put up the $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

As he was being led away in handcuffs just before midnight Wednesday, he ignored questions from 10News reporter Itica Milanes, but when asked if he used the church as a means to molest young girls, he replied "no." Holland also said his attorney advised him not to talk.

Investigators said they focused much of their search for the accused predator in Southern California because they said Holland has family here.

10News spoke to the uncle of one of the alleged victims over the phone Thursday morning. He declined giving his name to help protect the identity of his 13-year-old niece.

"I think he's the biggest creep on the planet. I hope that every single day of his life when he's sitting in that jail rotting for the 350 some odd years worth of counts, that he gets given to him what he did to those poor little children every day," said the uncle.

According to the relative, Holland used religion to manipulate his victims.

"For these young children, he was their passage to God. He used the church to take advantage of these young children and make them think they would go to hell if they didn't partake in his activities," the uncle said.

He also told 10News Holland abused some of his victims at his luxury home in a so called "torture room."

"It was a sound proof room which had all sorts of things that you would use to terrorize these young girls. There were video cameras in there, all sorts of horrible things," according to the relative.

Holland is scheduled to appear in San Diego Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. Friday for an extradition hearing. He is currently in federal custody.

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