July 16, 2005

Pastor: 'Nothing Happened In This Church'

NBC 30

POSTED: 5:17 pm EDT July 15, 2005
UPDATED: 11:14 pm EDT July 15, 2005

PLAINVILLE, Conn. -- The pastor of a church where a man accused of assaulting a 6-year-old child used to teach Sunday School said no crimes took place at the church, NBC 30 Connecticut News reported.

"I guarantee you nothing happened in this church to any child," said the Rev. Thomas Benson, pastor of the First Bible Baptist Church.

Benson said he is outraged to learn that Paul Arnett, 26, is charged with 11 counts of engaging in sexual contact with a 6-year-old child -- a child he was visiting in the Lake George, N.Y., area.

There is no indication that anyone at the church was molested by the man, NBC 30 Connecticut News reported.

"It was oral sex and sexual touching," said Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan, who also said she is worried that Arnett may have assaulted more children while he was a Sunday School teacher in Connecticut.

Posted by kshaw at July 16, 2005 08:16 AM