January 11, 2005

Clergyman faces more accusations of sexual abuse


By Melody McDonald
Star-Telegram Staff Writer

FORT WORTH _ The alleged victims just kept surfacing.

First, the Rev. Larry Nuell Neathery was arrested in April on accusations that he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old male church member.

Then, the district attorney's office uncovered more accusations and charged the pastor with sexually abusing two more boys, one of whom is now an adult.

Now, Neathery is behind bars again _ this time accused of sexually abusing three young brothers.

Neathery, 55, who had been free on bail since his first arrest, turned himself in shortly after noon Monday. He remained in the Tarrant County Jail late Monday with bail set at $750,000.

All told, Neathery, who resigned as pastor of the Westside Victory Baptist Church several weeks ago, is officially accused of sexual misconduct with six males.

"If there ever was an innocent person charged with this many offenses, it is him," defense attorney Don Carter said. "He told me when he was going into the jail, he said, `Mr. Carter, I'm innocent. I have not done these things, but I'm turning myself in as the law requires me to.'

Posted by kshaw at January 11, 2005 07:27 AM