Fired Oregon cop-turned-evangelical pastor charged with dozens of sex crimes against kids
A former cop-turned-evangelical pastor was arrested last week on dozens of sex crime charges.
James Worley, senior pastor at Powell Valley Church in Oregon, was arrested Dec. 30 on 37 counts – including two counts of rape, 20 counts of sexual abuse, 11 counts of sodomy, one count of attempted sodomy and three counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.
An indictment filed Dec. 16 showed the alleged abuse took place between 2002 and 2004, when the victims were under the ages of 12 and 14 years old, reported KATU-TV.
Prosecutors said they don’t believe Worley was a pastor at the time of the abuse, although they believe there are additional victims.
Worley was fired from the Tillamook, Oregon, Police Department in 2007 for ongoing misconduct – including unethical citation writing, destroying marijuana evidence in the field, excessive Internet use while on duty, creating sexually explicit advertisements, and making unwanted sexual advances to a woman at a 911 dispatch center.
He complained to city officials that he had been poorly trained and that supervisors never told him what he was doing wrong, the station reported.
Watch this video report posted online by KATU-TV: