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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME:  Thursday, March 13, 2014   6:30 p.m.


INCIDENT:     PC 288(a): Lewd Acts with a Child Under 14

                       PC 288a(b)(1): Oral Copulation with a Person Under 18

                       PC 286(b)(1): Sodomy with a Person Under 18


LOCATION:    Multiple locations within San Bernardino County


SUSPECT:      Stephen Howard, 54 year old male, resident of Fontana


VICTIM:           Male victim, age 14, resident of Rancho Cucamonga

                        Male victim, age 23, resident of Rancho Cucamonga


On Saturday, March 8, 2014 deputies from the Central Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of a child molestation occurring in the cities of San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga, and Fontana. The suspect, Stephen Howard, is the pastor of the Muscoy United Methodist Church in San Bernardino.


On Monday, March 10, 2014 the Crimes Against Children Detail was called and they assumed the investigation. The victims are 14 and 23 years old and previously attended the Muscoy Methodist Church. The 23 year old victim’s abuse began when he was nine years old and continued into adulthood. The victims disclosed that Howard was sexually abusing them in exchange for money.


Howard was arrested and booked at the Central Detention Center and is being held on $250,000.00 bail.


Howard has been the lead pastor at the Muscoy United Methodist Church since 2001. He was also the youth director at a United Methodist Church in Ontario from 1989 to 2001.   


Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Jennifer Wood from the Crimes Against Children Detail.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at




Suspect Stephen Howard Booking Photo


Refer:              Roberto Lomeli, Sergeant  

Station:           Specialized Investigations Division, Crimes Against Children Detail   

Phone No:      (909) 387-3615

Case No:        011400778

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700

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