Toronto

Prayer Palace Church pastor Paul David Melnichuk faces 5 sex assault charges

Toronto pastor Paul David Melnichuk of the Prayer Palace Church has been charged with five counts of sexual assault.

Police believe there may be other victims

A pastor at a Toronto church has been arrested after a sexual assault investigation.

Police say Paul David Melnichuk — pastor at the Prayer Palace Church — has been charged with five counts of sexual assault.

Police say there are allegations Melnichuk sexually assaulted female members of his congregation between May 1, 2014, and Sept. 12, 2014.

A police news release says it's alleged the assaults took place on more than one occasion on church property at 1111 Arrow Rd., which is located near Highway 400 and Finch Avenue West. Melnichuk appeared in court yesterday.

Police believe there may be more victims and want to speak with anyone with information.