Christian talk show host arrested
Josh Kimbrell, above, host of the ‘Common Cents’ programme on Christian Talk FM in South Carolina, has been charged with a sex crime against a 3-year-old boy
According to this report he is accused of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 11.
The arrest warrant alleges that Kimbrell, under the guise of a game, fondled the child and committed other sexual acts against the boy.
Greenville police said that Kimbrell was arrested on Tuesday. He is being held without bond.
Kimbrell’s Common Cents show airs weekdays at 5 pm.
Recently, Kimbrell hosted South Carolina ultra-conservative State Representative Trey Gowdy and Representative Mick Mulvaney at an outdoor barbecue event on September 25 titled “Restoring the Rule of Law”.
Kimbrell is also chairman of the Palmetto Conservative Alliance, which today issued the following statement:
In our experience with Josh Kimbrell, we know him to be a loving, devoted father to his son.
Josh has a right to be presumed innocent. At this stage in the process, the allegations that have been made against Josh are only allegations, not proof, which must be determined by the legal system.
Josh is in the midst of a bitter custody battle with his ex-wife to maintain an on-going parenting relationship with his three year-old son. It is not uncommon that allegations such as these arise in the course of such disputes, particularly when the complainant, in this case the ex-wife, can benefit from the allegations.
It is our hope that the truth surrounding these allegations will quickly become evident for all concerned. Pending the legal outcomes of this matter, we stand together in our support of Josh.
The board has also launched a legal defence fund for the presenter.