People prayed, were saved and for the most part had positive experiences at Orange County's places of worship this year.
However, it was also a period when several associated with local churches and temples were arrested or convicted of preying on children, teens and young adults, according to authorities.
We're about to show you eight of these men.
Keep in mind that being arrested without being convicted means you are innocent until proven otherwise.
Cases like these have also been known to fall apart, including instances where allegations turn out to be groundless.
By the same token, a conviction by a judge or jury means you are guilty in the eyes of the law.
As for in the eyes of you-know-who? God knows …
1. AHMAD HENRY OSMAN
The 52-year-old Imam faces up to 50 years to life in state prison and lifetime mandatory sex offender registration if he is convicted of molesting girls ages 6 and 9 he met at the Indo Chinese Islamic Center in Santa Ana. The Tustin father of two taught children, mostly on weekends and evenings at the mosque he had been associated with for more than 20 years, police said upon his arrest in February. Osman is due in court Jan. 29 for a pre-trial hearing.
2. TODD CHRISTIAN HARTMAN
The former youth counselor at Vineyard Church in Anaheim was arraigned in federal court in Santa Ana in June for allegedly using peer-to-peer file sharing technology to possess and distribute child pornography. A conviction could send the 32-year-old to federal prison for 20 to 50 years, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). A search warrant executed at Hartman's Newport Beach home in February led to the recovery of more than 300 still images and in excess of 400 videos containing child porn, with some videos featuring children as young as 8 or 9, according to the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force. The U.S. Attorney's office is prosecuting.
3. YANHAO “ERIC” REN
The Fullerton resident, who was the youth pastor at Evangelical Formosan Church of Rowland Heights, was arrested in July for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl. California Highway Patrol officers say they found the girl and 24-year-old Ren in a vehicle parked on a turn-out near Running Springs, and San Bernardino County sheriff's investigators claim she told them the sexual relationship began two months earlier. The man and girl engaged in several sexual acts in the counties of Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino, investigators allege. Originally facing two felonies, Ren was slapped with 10 more in August, and prosecutors say he could go to state prison for up to eight years if convicted.
4. RYAN JOSEPH SEIDER
The 18-year-old who supervised children at St. Kilian Catholic Church was charged in September with molesting a young girl at the Mission Viejo parish. The girl, who was under age 10 at the time, told her parents that she was sitting on the Lake Forest resident's lap when he committed a lewd act, according to prosecutors, who say Seider could go to state prison for eight years and have to register as a sex offender for life if he is convicted. He has a pre-trial hearing scheduled Feb. 5.
5. CHRISTOPHER BRYAN MCKENZIE
The former Sunday school teacher at Christ Church by the Sea in Newport Beach and Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa was sentenced in September to 60 years to life in state prison for sexually assaulting five boys and trying to do the same to a sixth. The 51-year-old recruited many of the boys he met through the churches, relatives and his Costa Mesa apartment complex to help with his pool cleaning business. McKenzie blamed his affinity for young boys on drug addiction. A victim's relative told Orange County Superior Court Judge Patrick Donahue that McKenzie should be castrated.
6. CHRISTOPHER RAYMOND OLAGUE
Jurors agreed with prosecutors in November that the former Refuge Southland Church of Buena Park pastor went from praying to preying—on an 8-year-old girl friend of his daughter and scores of other young children depicted in pornography on his computers and devices. The 43-year-old faces from 18 years and three months to life in prison at a Jan. 22 hearing. At the time Olague was arrested in October 2011 for trying to molest the girl, his church's website featured a photo of him with his wife of 14 years and their five daughters, who were then ages 6 to 25.
7. SEAN PATRICK ADAY
In October, a teen told county sheriff's investigators that the youth pastor at Grace Community Church of Saddleback Valley assaulted her sexually. A resulting probe uncovered the alleged sexual assaults of several females ranging from their late teens to early 20s at the Lake Forest church, throughout Orange County and during church sponsored international trips to such locales as Moldova, Costa Rica and South Africa. After being booked into Orange Orange County Jail in November, the 30-year-old Lake Forest resident posted $500,000 bond and was released from custody. Charges by prosecutors have not been announced yet.
8. BRANDON MCDADE
The youth pastor at Grace Hills Church for about six years, McDade was arrested this month for allegedly having inappropriate sexual conduct with teens on and off the Aliso Viejo church property. The 30-year-old Mission Viejo resident's criminal conduct covered a two-year span, according to the sheriff's department. All the victims attended the church and were part of the youth group when the lewd acts occurred, deputies say. He has been released from custody after being held in lieu of $20,000 bond, according to jail records. Charges by prosecutors have not been announced yet.