May 04, 2006

Pastor of Kanawha County church

Charleston Daily Mail

By The Associated Press
Wednesday May 03, 2006

A Kanawha County preacher has been accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl who was a student at his church's school.

Timothy Charles Edmonds, pastor of the Chesapeake Apostolic Church, was arrested Tuesday on a felony charge of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian. He was being held Tuesday night at South Central Regional Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

The investigation began after the 16-year-old girl's parents gave to State Police a letter she had written. The letter detailed intimate kissing allegedly between her and Edmonds, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court by State Police Cpl. L.G. Brewer.

The alleged abuse occurred multiple times at the church and at a house Edmonds was remodeling. The girl attended the church's school and Edmonds sometimes supervised the students, the complaint said.

Posted by kshaw at May 4, 2006 08:26 AM