May 08, 2006

Pastor Charge with Statutory Rape


WDEF-TV News 12
May 4, 2006 5:31 PM EDT

Shock fills a church congregation in Hixson tonight as word spreads about their pastor. Hamilton County authorities arrested Gregory Stanley Dempsey yesterday on sex charges.

Dempsey faces three counts of statutory rape and three counts of sexual battery by an authority figure. He's free tonight on $75,000 bond.

Dempsey will not be in his church's pulpit this weekend. The Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church suspended Dempsey after charges he had sexual relations with a minor.

"This case come about from a complaint we received from a young man," says Sheriff John Cupp.

Posted by kshaw at May 8, 2006 08:19 AM