Brandon McDade Accused of Lewd Acts with Teens as Church Youth Pastor

For the second time in two months, a youth pastor has been arrested for alleged sex crimes against teen victims on and off property of a South County Christian church.

Brandon McDade, 30, of Mission Viejo, was arrested Wednesday by Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Unit (SVU)  investigators who'd been made aware of allegations of misconduct with children two days before, according to spokesman Lt. Jeff Hallock.

The case against McDade began Monday, when patrol deputies took a report from an alleged victim of the youth pastor at Grace Hills Church in Aliso Viejo, where the suspect has worked for about six years.

“During the course of the investigation, several other victims were contacted, each indicating they had engaged in inappropriate conduct with McDade over a two-year period while he was employed as the youth pastor at Grace Hills Church,” Hallock says. “There have been several alleged incidents of lewd and inappropriate conduct, several of which have occurred on the church property.”

The teenage victims all attended the church and were part of the youth group when the lewd acts occurred, according to Hallock, who added there are fears of more victims because of “McDade’s leadership role and access to children.”

McDade was arrested on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a child and child annoyance. He was booked into Orange County Jail, where he was held on $20,000 bail heading into a scheduled court appearance today.

Anyone with information regarding additional victims is asked to call the sheriff’s SVU at 714.647.7418 or 714.647.7000. Anonymous tips may be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855.847.6227 (855-TIP-OCCS), via or by texting to 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S) from a cell phone. (All text messages should begin with the letters “OCCS”.)

As the Weekly reported last month, Sean Patrick Aday, a 38-year-old youth pastor, is accused of forcibly raping a female church member and sexually abusing three other female church members of Grace Community Church of Saddleback Valley in Lake Forest. As in the McDade case, alleged attacks are claimed to have happened on and off church property. See: “PROSECUTORS SEEK ADDITIONAL SEX-ASSAULT VICTIMS OF YOUTH PASTOR.”

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