East TN pastor accused of raping teen at worship center
MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (AP) — An East Tennessee pastor is accused of raping a 17-year-old girl.
The girl’s sister told police the 17-year-old had gone with Messer to the Crossway Worship Center after their plans to go swimming fell through. The sister said the pastor led the teen through the center’s rear entrance to a room, where he raped her.
Messer told police he thought the encounter with the underage girl was consensual.
Messer was released on bond on Tuesday. It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer.