A Tennessee pastor is accused of raping a 17-year-old girl in the men’s bathroom at Crossway Worship Center,
Citing a Newport police report, news outlets report that 46-year-old James “Ronnie” Messer was arrested Saturday night after the girl’s family reported him.
The girl’s sister told police the 17-year-old had gone with Messer to the Crossway Worship Center after their plans to go swimming fell through. .
The sister said the pastor led the teen through the center’s rear entrance to a room, where he raped her.
Messer told police he thought the encounter with the underage girl was consensual. Messer, who is married and has children, was released on bond on Tuesday.