A Shelby man police identified as the pastor of the Burning Bush faith organization northwest of Shelby was arrested Monday on two criminal sexual conduct counts for allegedly engaging in sexual contact with a stepdaughter, resulting in two children.
Timothy George Bender, 48, of 128 N. 64th Ave., turned himself in to the Oceana County Sheriff’s Department at approximately 3 p.m. Monday. He is charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct, third degree, for allegedly engaging in sexual intercourse with his stepdaughter between September 2007 and September 2010. The
alleged incidents are to have taken place on the Bender property.