Sunday, August 28, 2011

Arkansas Pastor sexually assaulted 3 year old girl

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — A pastor of a Texarkana church has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault of a 3-year-old girl.

The Texarkana Gazette reports ( ) 66-year-old Travis Payne is accused of inappropriately touching the girl during revival services on April 25. Payne appeared in court Thursday and entered his plea.

Circuit Judge Joe Griffin set bail at $30,000, which Payne met and was released. He was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim.

A woman who was at the April church service told police she saw Payne inappropriately touching the child as she used a back hallway to avoid walking through the sanctuary on the way to the bathroom. The woman told police the girl's pants had been lowered.

The woman first went to church officials, then informed police.

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