Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tennessee Pastor arrested for soliciting the rape of a sixteen year old girl


KINGSPORT — A former Kingsport pastor has been arrested for allegedly soliciting the statutory rape of a 16-year-old girl via text messages.

Anthony Michael Adinolfi, 55, 2109 Faulk Lane, Kingsport, is charged with solicitation of statutory rape by an authority figure, a Class D felony, and solicitation of aggravated statutory rape, a Class E felony.

Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney Julie Canter said Tuesday that Adinolfi was pastor of The Church of Jesus Christ, 3300 Bloomingdale Road, Kingsport, when he allegedly sent sexually explicit texts to the teen.

Sealed indictments a Sullivan County grand jury returned Aug. 30 allege Adinolfi solicited conduct from the alleged victim which, if completed, would constitute the offenses of statutory rape by an authority figure and aggravated statutory rape.

The indictments allege the solicitations occurred between August 2010 and October 2010.

Adinolfi reportedly turned himself in at the Sullivan County jail on Sept. 16. He was released on a $10,000 bond the same day.

Kingsport Police Detective Sgt. Chris Tincher, who investigated the allegations, said Adinolfi “was, but is no longer” the church’s pastor.

Court records indicate he was employed at a Knoxville business at the time of his arrest
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