January 28, 2005

Pastor Accused Of Having Sex With Teens


A Licking County pastor is accused of having sex with underage girls he ministered. And investigators believe with his access to teens, other victims may exist if the claims are legitimate.

Lonny Alshire, Jr., age 34, is being held in the Licking County jail with bail set at $250,000.

Sheriff investigators say Alshire, an associate pastor at Licking Baptist Church of Hebron, sexually assaulted at least two teenage girls inside the church.

"People like this always place themselves close to children,” Capt. Rod Mitchell of the Licking County Sheriff’s Department said.

For 12 years, Alshire worked closely with teens at the church. He was arrested at his Hebron home after an accuser told a school resource officer that she had engaged in sex with Alshire at the church.

Authorities say the investigation then led to a second victim.

Posted by kshaw at January 28, 2005 04:01 AM