Youth pastor faces third sex charge in Pearl River County
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) – Authorities have filed a third charge against a Baptist youth pastor arrested in Hancock County on allegations he sexually abused a child.
The Sun Herald reports Pearl River County deputies filed a sexual battery charge against 35-year-old David Matthew Thorne, of Picayune, on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after he was booked in Hancock County on two similar charges.
Pearl River County Chief Deputy Shane Tuckers says Thorne, a youth pastor at Goodyear Baptist Church, is accused in the sexual abuse of the same child three times.
Hancock County sheriff’s Chief Investigator Glenn Grannan said the child was first abused Jan. 31 in Hancock County.
Thorne is being held without bond in the Hancock County jail.
Online jail records do not list an attorney for him.