Missouri pastor charged, fired for abuse allegation

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Mo. – A southwestern Missouri pastor has been fired after an accusation that he sexually abused a 14-year-old girl.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that 45-year-old Gregory Reese was charged Sunday with child molestation and three counts of statutory sodomy.

Reese was pastor at an Assemblies of God church in Mountain View. An official with the denomination’s Southern Missouri District Council says Reese was first suspended when the district became aware of the allegation, and fired when criminal charges were filed.

A probable cause statement says the girl came forward in February to report that Reese inappropriately touched her and tried to have oral sex with her. Authorities say the alleged incident happened at Reese’s home.

Reese is free on bond. A message left Friday with his attorney was not immediately returned.

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