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Costa Mesa Man Who Volunteered at Church Arrested on Suspicion of Sexually Assaulting Minors

Police said they are attempting to determine whether there are more victims.

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A 69-year-old Costa Mesa man who volunteered to chaperone children at a church was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting two girls, and authorities are attempting to determine whether there are other victims.

Mark Allen Korando Sr. was arrested at his home Monday, according to Roxi Fyad of the Costa Mesa Police Department. He's being held on $1 million bail.

The mother of two girls, ages 12 and 14, contacted police in September to allege the suspect had inappropriately touched her daughters, Fyad said. The suspect is accused of sexually assaulting the sisters about two years ago.

Police, who refused to say how the suspect met the siblings, suspect there may be more alleged victims because Korando would chaperone groups of girls from a local church on out-of-state trips to provide services for needy people, Fyad said.

The church was not identified, but police said it was in the 1700 block of Baker Street. The only church in that vicinity is Mesa Verde United Methodist Church at 1701 Baker St.

Anyone with information that may be helpful to investigators was asked to contact Detective Dan Holl at 714-754-4873, dholl@costamesaca.gov, or Sgt. Scott Stafford at 714-754-4933, sstafford@costamesaca.gov.