Saturday, October 8, 2011

Kansas Pastor who sexually abused girl for years is arrested

SALINA, Kansas (KSN) -- Salina police say a local pastor has been arrested, accused of sexually assaulting a child.

The man, who KSN is not naming pending formal charges, is accused of rape, indecent liberties with a child and sodomy. The teenage victim came forward this week to police, saying the man had sexually abused her for several years.

The 54-year-old man is a pastor at Salina Seventh-day Adventist Church. Those who live nearby are say the news is upsetting.

"It's very disturbing, disgusting and terrifying," said Sarah Miller. Her children have attended events at the church. "You would think something like that would be going on across the street and with him being the pastor of the church."

Salina police say they know of only one victim, but their investigation continues.

"We don't have any information to imply there were other victims but there were a lot of people he was around. but, if anyone has any information we certainly would like them to call," said Deputy Chief Carson Mansfield, Salina Police Department.

The pastor remains behind bars awaiting an appearance in court on Monday.

KSN has contacted the church and the Kansas-Nebraska conference of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, but were unable to reach someone for comment on the arrest.

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