A Tennessee pastor is being accused of raping a 17-year-old girl.
James “Ronnie” Messer, 46, was arrested after the girl’s family reported him to authorities claiming he took the 17-year-old to the Crossway Worship Center after their plans to go swimming fell through.
The girl’s sister alleged the the pastor led the teen through the center’s rear entrance to a room, where he then raped her.
Messer told police he thought the encounter with the underage girl was consensual.
Messer has since been released on bond.
With News Wire Services