A Tennessee pastor was arrested Saturday after he allegedly raped a 17-year-old woman at a worship heart, police stated.
James “Ronnie” Messer, 46, a pastor in Morristown, was taken into custody after the teenage woman’s household reported the allegations.
Messer and the woman had been initially alleged to go swimming, however their plans had been placed on maintain due to dangerous circumstances.
Messer then took the woman to Crossway Worship Heart, the place he raped the 17-year-old within the males’s rest room, in accordance with police.
He later advised police he believed the encounter was consensual.
The pastor was launched on bond on Tuesday. It is unclear whether or not he has a lawyer.
The Related Press contributed to this report.