A Daly City pastor who held services in Concord pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three counts of lewd acts on a child, San Mateo County prosecutors said today.
The Rev. Venije Singkoh, who will turn 70 on Friday, allegedly held the 9-year-old girl on his lap and kissed her inappropriately, prosecutors said. The last time he is accused of molesting the girl was Feb. 7.
Singkoh is a pastor at the Indonesian Pentecostal Foursquare Church at 378 18th Ave. in San Francisco’s Richmond District and also held services at the Golden Gate Christian Church at the same address, the First Presbyterian Church at 1965 Colfax St. in Concord and at his Daly City home.
The girl’s parents met with church leaders, who arranged a confrontation with Singkoh. He denied the allegations and said that it was an accident, prosecutors said.
Child protective services and police were then notified and Singkoh was arrested last week in Daly City.
Singkoh entered his plea Tuesday in the Redwood City courtroom of Judge Richard Livermore and remains in custody under $300,000 bail. He is scheduled to next appear in court on Sept. 24.