February 04, 2005

Grand jury indicts Hebron pastor on sex charges

The Advocate

Advocate Reporter

NEWARK A Licking County grand jury indicted a Hebron pastor Friday on seven felony sex abuse charges, including one count of rape.

Lonny J. Aleshire Jr., 34, of 503 E. Main St., Hebron, faces six counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, third-degree felonies, three counts of sexual imposition, third-degree misdemeanors, and one count of rape, a first-degree felony.

The indictment claims Aleshire engaged in sexual conduct and contact with a girl, now 15, between August 2002 and August 2004.

Prosecutors also claim that Aleshire raped a second girl in June 2004, when she was 16. She is now 17.

Licking County Assistant Prosecutor Melinda Seeds alleges that some of the abuse including the rape took place in the Licking Baptist Church, Hebron, where Aleshire is the associate pastor.

Posted by kshaw at February 4, 2005 07:08 PM