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Minister faces abuse charges



A Presbyterian minister who served two Letcher County churches for a little more than a year has been charged with nearly 300 counts of having sex with a young boy in Scott County.

A police official told the Georgetown News-Graphic
that 58-year-old Currie Pat Clark Jr. turned himself in to police on Dec. 1.

Georgetown Police Lt. Robert Swarnigan says Clark is charged with 296 counts of second-degree sodomy. The allegations involve one boy, who was 12 years old when the abuse is alleged to have begun. Investigators say the abuse occurred from 2006 to 2008.

Clark, a former minister at First Presbyterian Church in Georgetown, served as minister of the Isom Presbyterian Church and the Doermann Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blackey from December 2006 until January 2008.

A member at one of the two Letcher County churches said Clark had issues and was asked to leave.

A second church member said Clark, who is married with children, had little interaction with church members and their families while he was in Letcher County.

“He was one of those who showed up on Sunday and then we didn’t know where he was after that,” the member said.

He was held in the Scott County Jail on Dec. 2 in lieu of $20,000 cash bond and is scheduled to return to court Dec. 9.

From AP, Mountain Eagle reports



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