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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Where is Rio Linda pastor who was convicted of molesting girls?

Q: What is the location of Tommy Gene Daniels?

Cathy, Carmichael

A: Tommy Gene Daniels, pastor of Rio Linda First Baptist Church, was found guilty of molesting girls in his Citrus Heights home.

He was sentenced in March 2012 to 158 years to life in prison. Now 53 years old, he is at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad.

A Sacramento County jury found Daniels guilty of molesting five girls in his residence on Wapiti Place, the house he and his wife used as a day care and foster care center.

The girls were between the ages of 5 and 13 when Daniels touched them inappropriately. According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, the jury found that he molested four girls who had been placed in the residence under a “respite” care program. They had been placed there because of behavioral problems, including a propensity to lie. The prosecutor said Daniels played off the girls’ troubled backgrounds to make victims out of them.

The fifth victim was a girl whose parents used the Daniels’ residence for babysitting services.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy