January 27, 2005

Hebron pastor charged with abuse

The Advocate

Advocate Reporter

NEWARK -- A Hebron pastor is being held in the Licking County Jail, accused of sexually assaulting a girl who frequently attended his church.

Lonny J. Aleshire Jr., 34, associate pastor at the Licking Baptist Church, 1380 Beaver Run Road, Hebron, is charged with one count of sexual battery, a third-degree felony.

Licking County Sheriff's deputies accuse Aleshire, of 503 E. Main St., Hebron, of engaging in sexual activity with the girl at the church.

Deputies say more charges are possible involving a second girl who alleges Aleshire abused her over a two-year period.

Aleshire was arrested by sheriff's deputies Tuesday evening.

He is also an employee of the Ohio Department of Youth Services, which conducts counseling and other services for the Ohio juvenile justice system.

Posted by kshaw at January 27, 2005 04:40 PM