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Minister Arrested for Child Molestation

A church family is stunned after police charge one of their ministers with sexually abusing children.

Only a few members of the St. Luke Baptist church met Monday night, just days after one of their ministers was arrested and charged with molesting children.

"He doesn't seem like that kind of person but you don't know who folks are," said Reverend Lexcie.

Reverend Lexcie Aiken has been a part of the St. Luke's Baptist Church for the last 35 years. He ordained minister James Simpson who is now behind bars.

"When I heard, it through me for a loop," said Aiken.

Simpson turned himself in to police on Wednesday. He faces 10 counts ranging from aggravated sexual battery, statutory rape and aggravated child molestation.

Aiken says he heard rumors about Simpson's inappropriate behavior with children back in March. "I went to him and I spoke to him about it and he denied it"

Aiken gave him the benefit of the doubt and even allowed him to attend Sunday school where many children were every week

"No one wonders why he is around these kids cause kids come to Sunday school, he has to be around them simple as that," said Aiken.

Reverend Aiken says he's not sure how many victims there are or if they even belonged to the church, but he hopes to speak to Simpson about the allegations in the next few days. Hena daniels.

Simpson is being held at the Chatham County Jail with out bond.

Reported by: Hena Daniels,


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