Kentucky Pastor Arrested on Child Sex Charges, Claims ‘Consensual’ Relationship with Minor

Kentucky Pastor Arrested on Child Sex Charges, Claims 'Consensual' Relationship with Minor
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A Ken­tucky pas­tor has been arrest­ed on child sex charges for engag­ing in an illic­it rela­tion­ship with a 15-year-old minor that he claims was ‘con­sen­su­al.’

Zachary King, the 47-year-old for­mer pas­tor at Lex­Ci­ty Church in Lex­ing­ton, was charged with rape, sodomy, and sex­u­al abuse after con­fess­ing to the crimes.

Accord­ing to the arrest cita­tion, King told a Lex­ing­ton Police Depart­ment detec­tive that the rela­tion­ship with the teen began in Jan­u­ary 2023 and last­ed until April 2024. 

He admit­ted to hav­ing “sex­u­al inter­course in the minor’s home, at his res­i­dence, and at the church where he was a for­mer pastor.”

King com­mu­ni­cat­ed with the teenag­er through Snapchat and What­sApp, and would “receive sex­u­al­ly explic­it images” from her on the social plat­forms. After mem­bers of the church con­front­ed him about the alle­ga­tions, he resigned from his position.

The case is the lat­est in a string of high-pro­file scan­dals involv­ing cler­gy mem­bers accused of sex­u­al abuse. Last week, megachurch Pas­tor Robert Mor­ris, 62, was accused of sex­u­al­ly abus­ing a for­mer fam­i­ly friend when she was just 12 years old in the 1980s.

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