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SACRAMENTO-

Filing in for Wednesday night bible study in North Highlands, most members of New Testament Baptist Church were quiet about the new chorus of charges filed against their choir director Kareem Abdul Mitchell.

On Wednesday Sacramento Police added a felony count of sodomy against someone under 18, and oral copulation with someone under 18. This means another felony to the list of three similar charges already facing the 42-year-old.

The first set was filed in early February based on a claim by an adult who says he met Mitchell as a teen while he was working at the church and had a sexual relationship with him from 2005 to 2008.

It was a relationship he claims grew out of choir boy sleep overs at Mitchell's home that involved sex acts disguised as wrestling matches.

The latest charges were just filed after a second alleged victim heard of the first case and came forward.

"I'd rather just find out all the facts first," said one woman headed into bible study - trying to reserve judgement about a music minister she was once proud to have serving her church.

Word of a possible second victim and the addition of more charges were shocking to her.

"Of course something like that would be disturbing," she said, not wanting her name used.

The family tied to the first set of charges against Mitchell has filed a civil lawsuit against New Testament Baptist Church.

FOX40 reached out to Pastor Donnie Bryant Wednesday, but according to church staff and security, he was unavailable for comment.