January 29, 2005

Pastor faces second sex-abuse charge


By Erik Johns, ejohns@nncogannett.com
Advocate Reporter

NEWARK -- A Hebron pastor faces a second sex-abuse charge involving another girl after being re-arrested Thursday evening shortly after he posted a $250,000 bond on an earlier sexual battery charge.

Lonny J. Aleshire Jr., 503 E. Main St., Hebron, received another $250,000 bond Friday in Licking County Municipal Court from Acting Judge Larry Arnold. As of 9 p.m. Friday, he was still in the jail.

The most recent charge alleges he engaged in unlawful sexual conduct with a now 15-year-old girl over a two-year period, Assistant Licking County Prosecutor Melinda Seeds said.

Seeds added that her office is continuing to interview people and investigate the case, although she said they have not yet identified any further possible victims.

Aleshire is the associate pastor at the Licking Baptist Church, 1380 Beaver Run Road, in Hebron.

Posted by kshaw at January 29, 2005 06:30 AM