March 25, 2005

Ex-pastor is accused of raping girl


By Valarie Honeycutt Spears

Just before Christmas, police arrested a 58-year-old former televangelist most recently associated with a Lexington funeral home and charged him with third-degree rape of a 15-year-old girl.

The Rev. Larry Allen Day is the former pastor of churches in Monticello and Lexington and, until his arrest, helped Lexington families with funeral pre-planning as an independent contractor associated with Milward Funeral Directors.

Vice President Rob Milward said Day kept an office at the funeral home but wasn't considered an employee and hasn't been associated with the business since his December arrest.

"Larry is a family man," said Milward. "We are dumfounded by the charges against him."

The accusations against Day are laid out in records from Fayette Circuit Court, where Day is next scheduled to appear April 1:

On Dec. 16, 2004, the mother of a 15-year-old girl went to the girl's Fayette County school to report that the girl had been repeatedly subjected to sexual contact by Day, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Posted by kshaw at March 25, 2005 08:37 AM