As happens often with professionals who work closely with families and children, an Arizona pastor finds himself faced with additional accusations of molestation and other crimes involving the sexual abuse of children.
The pastor, who is no longer in active ministry, is facing charges related to the alleged sexual touching of the victim. There are also charges of physical assault on the child. The pastor is being held in lieu of a $1 million bond, even though the state had requested he be held without the possibility of bail.
The most recent charges stem from over a decade ago. The pastor recently completed a trial, which was prosecuted by the same prosecutor but pertained to different victims. The incidents of which he was accused at the trial also happened more than 10 years ago.
While his jury found him guilty of charges related to physical abuse, the jury either cleared the pastor or was unable to make a decision on the most serious sex crimes. The charges of physical abuse related to the pastor's alleged inappropriate disciplining of children in his congregation.
These sort of cases are very difficult, especially since they often involve one person's word against the word of another. Moreover, the personal and professional consequences to a person even accused of the actions this pastor is accused of can be severe, if not devastating. In addition to almost automatically having to serve time in prison, a conviction for sex crimes, particularly against children, will make it practically impossible to find work and go on with one's public life. A strong defense to these sorts of charges is required.