Pastor found guilty of sexual battery
    May 31 2010 by wire reports

    A Gaston County judge found King James Baptist Church’s pastor guilty May 25 of two counts of sexual battery.

    Harley Michael Keough, 73, was charged with 10 counts of sexual battery and one count of assault on a female. His sentence: a 60-day suspended sentence and 18 months probation.

    Keough will also undergo a sexual offender evaluation, submit a DNA sample to the state and be added to the sexual offender registry.

    Keough has been charged with 10 counts of sexual battery and one charge of assault on a female for instances that allegedly happened between 2006 and 2009. Only two of the counts were being tried at this time because they occurred on the same day.

    In his defense Keough said he never inappropriately touched women at the food bank. He claimed one of his accusers was angry because she was refused food. Keough did say that he hugged one of the women, but said he did so because his church is a loving church.

    While on the witness stand, Keough said that he couldn’t have done anything wrong because he has erectile dysfunction.

    On May 24, several women testified against Keough. They all said the assaults happened while visiting the Bessemer City church-run food bank.

    Keough’s arrest came in November 2009 after a woman complained to police. After his arrest, others began to share similar stories.  
    5/31/2010 6:17:00 AM by wire reports | with 1 comments




Comments
Gene Scarborough
What is the lesson learned???

(1) Anytime no one is present besides the 2 parties, it is "he said / she said."
(2) If things continue to happen as above, someone pushed for it to happen.
(3) That's a mighty old age to be so stupid!!!

I shall never forget a young man's Ordaination Council I attended some years before my own. The older men spent about 80% of the entire time counseling the young man to be circumspect and ALWAYS take a wife or deacon if he were alone with a female.

To me 80% of time spent = this is a serious and important issue of being ordained!!!
6/2/2010 5:50:03 AM

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