March 09, 2005

Minister accused of molesting family friend's child

CLEVELAND (TX)
ABC 13

ABC13 Eyewitness News
(03/09/05 - CLEVELAND, TX) A church in Cleveland trying to heal after learning a former minister has been accused of molesting a child.

Andrew Argent is a former minister of praise and worship at Cleveland's First Baptist Church in Liberty County.

Deputies arrested him Tuesday night and charged him with indecency with a child, accusing him of having an inappropriate relationship with a boy who attended the church five years ago.

The pastor says the church is now trying to get the accuser and his family through the ordeal.

"We use every bit of biblical material and knowledge to make certain there's much healing as possibly for everyone involved," said Pastor Dr. Howell Burkhead.

Posted by kshaw at March 9, 2005 06:26 AM