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Pastor in Arkansas accused of rape

Pastor in Arkansas accused of rape

A Hot Springs youth pastor accused of rape has been arrested, according to the Garland County sheriff’s department.

According to this report, the Jefferson County sheriff’s department arrested Andrew Lee Jackson, 28 of Hot Springs, in White Hall on Monday night. He faces three counts of rape.

Police started the investigation involving Jackson and a 13-year-old girl on November 7, according to an arrest report.

Police said that the teen told investigators she and Jackson engaged in sexual intercourse three times at Jackson’s home between August and October.

The Victory Tabernacle of Hot Springs United Pentecostal Church lists Jackson as the church’s youth pastor on its Facebook page.

The victim told police she couldn’t remember what happened during the first sexual encounter, but that Jackson told her she did consent to what took place.

She also disclosed that she and Jackson had sex two more times, once in September and a final time in October, the report said.

Police interviewed Jackson on December 11 with an attorney present and he confirmed that he was the juvenile’s youth pastor and that she often stayed overnight at his house and would sleep in the living room.

Jackson denied having any relationship other than that of a youth pastor with the juvenile, according to the report.

The arrest report states that police viewed “inappropriate text messages” between her and Jackson that were found on the victim’s cell phone.

Jackson made comments in the texts such as “I love you so much” and “I missed you this weekend terribly”. The police, who noted the exchanges “indicated Jackson has much more than a youth pastor relationship” with the victim.

6 responses to “Pastor in Arkansas accused of rape”

  1. Trevor Blake says:

    Innocent until proven guilty.

    Guilty as all the other rapist clergy.

  2. Lori says:

    How about if we just keep a tally instead. I grow weary of reading and hearing about these things.

  3. Rob Andrews says:

    They are so preoccupied with sex, because the arn’t occupied with sex. I guess all that sperm pressure just blows up every once and a while.
    Like going on a fast; after words you just want to eat eveything in sight.

    @Lori: I agree, it’s getting depressing reading about sexual abuse so often.

    “Christianiy is magnificent, but it doesn’t work well in practice”.–M. Gandhi

  4. Rick says:

    “Guilty as all the other rapist clergy.”

    And all of the female pedophiles and rapists masquerading as teachers.

  5. Robster says:

    The American law enforcement authorities could save a lot of time, effort and money by just arresting every person who identifies as a “Youth Pastor”. They all seem extremely dodgy, are probably men unable to get a real job and see pastoring a cool way to get close to some kiddies while relishing a feeling of self importance. The fact that these men (they seem to be mostly male) have declared themselves Youth Pastors should be warning enough. These are men quite prepared to lie to children and fill their unworldly heads with all sorts of silly nonsense. Society should be very suspicious of anybody labelled as a youth pastor. There is quite a history.

  6. Rob Andrews says:

    @Robster:

    The problem is that (far as I know) most US states have no regulations regarding ‘ volunteer Youth Pastors’. If a person want to just help out and the church ‘likes him’, no state law can stop the church.

    I know this is true of Room & Board homes for the mentally ill and elderly.. And a lot of other activities, that should be regulated. Unless someones complains after the fact–no preventation.