Monday, April 4, 2011

Pastor arrested for raping adopted daughters

FAIRVIEW — A Fairview church pastor has been arrested on complaints of rape and lewd acts with a child.

Major County Sheriff Steven Randolph said Monday that Tommy Pitts could face up to 70 counts. Pitts, who is pastor of the Midway Assembly of God Church, hasn't been formally charged.

Authorities said the allegations against Pitts involve relatives. The Associated Press generally doesn't identify possible victims of sexual assault.

Randolph said Pitts' wife told authorities her husband threatened to commit suicide after she confronted him about the alleged molestations. The sheriff said Pitts tried unsuccessfully to shoot himself then crashed his vehicle into a semi in traffic.

Randolph said the minister hasn't retained an attorney.

Assemblies of God district superintendent, Rev. Frank Cargill, said Pitts has been suspended pending the investigation's outcome.

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