Indiana pastor Gary Evans charged with molesting girls
The 72-year-old Rush County pastor, from the Baptist Temple in Rushville, faces three counts of child molesting, four counts of sexual battery, and five counts of child solicitation.
According to this report, the charges arise out of a police investigation that began in September when a three-year-old girl reported an encounter with Evans to the police.
The girl told investigators that Evans lured her into his office with the promise of candy, then pulled his pants down and made her touch his genitals. He then told her not to tell anyone what happened.
After the investigation into Evans’ behavior began in late September, another mother brought her five- and seven-year-old daughters to police. Both girls told investigators that Evans had forced his hands down their pants when they were alone with him in his office.
Police say there may be other victims.
Meanwhile, in Canada, Jeffrey Enns, above, a pastor and fire chaplain has been charged with two counts of luring a person under 18 by means of telecommunication.
Enns, from Bolton Ontario, had served for several years as lead pastor at Bolton Alliance Church, and was appointed the Town of Caledon Fire and Emergency Services fire chaplain in 2014.
He was also a contributing writer for The Caledon Enterprise’s Sideroads magazine.
His ministry licence was suspended on September 12, said the Canadian Central District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance.
Said District representative Barrie Doyle in an official statement:
This action was based upon allegations brought to the District’s attention on September 11. The allegations were also taken to the London, Ontario, Police Service.
A notice of disciplinary action said that Enns’ licence was suspended for:
Repeated moral and ethical failure in accordance with the Licencing Policy of the Christian Missionary Alliance in Canada.
Enns resigned from his role of the town of Caledon’s fire chaplain on September 13.
Enns is scheduled to make his first court appearance on November 14 in London.
Hat tip: Andy (Enns report)