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Authorities in Minnesota have arrested the Iowa pastor on charges that he sexually assaulted two girls at his residence in Omaha, Nebraska.

Emmanuel Rodriguez is the leader of 70xForgiven, a Christian rock band whose mandate is to forgive until seventy times seven.

Emanuel Rodriguez is accused of inappropriately touching two girls, 11 and 12

The alleged incidents occurred between January 2017 and May 2019. 

According to the website of the ministry, they believe people should be able to forgive until seventy times seven.

70xForgiven was born out of a small Outreach Church called Calvary in Council Bluffs Iowa, Our name comes from the scripture in Matthew 18:21-22 “21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy timesseven.

70x Forgiven
Photo credit 70xForigven.com

The children’s parents reported the Incident to Project Harmony.

Authorities started investigating as several children claimed Rodriguez would ‘touch them inappropriately while they watched a movie on a couch together at his home,’ News 6 reports.

A 16-year-old claimed he sent inappropriate images and messages on Instagram and Snapchat. 

Rodriguez was finally taken into custody  at Carlton County Jail in Minnesota on the morning his music group 70xForgiven was due to play the Wood City Music Festival in Duluth, according to TwinCities.com.

‘It’s extremely disturbing that there are individuals who take advantage of the position that they’re in, with a relationship or the trust they have with the parents or the child themselves, to allow them an opportunity to do these horrible things,’ Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said.