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Pastor: Tennessee church intern accused of statutory rape

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee pastor says a former student ministry intern has been charged with statutory rape.

The Tennessean reports Long Hollow Baptist Church Pastor Robby Gallaty released a statement on the arrest and allegation Sunday. He says the former intern was arrested last week. He says the abuse appears to have happened last summer during the intern's 10-week service at the church's Gallatin campus.

The church believes the incident didn't happen on its property.

He says a student pastor heard about the abuse in December and notified Gallatin police. Gallaty says the intern misused "their position of influence with a student."

Authorities didn't immediately release the former intern's identity or age. The Sumner County Sheriff's Department is handling the case. The newspaper says law enforcement agencies weren't immediately available for comment.


Information from: The Tennessean,