Neosho pastor charged with sex abuse of 16-year-old girl

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

NEOSHO, Mo. (AP) -- The pastor of a small southwest Missouri church is charged with statutory rape and sodomy for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old girl in the church office.

Forty-nine-year-old Randall Danny Russell of Act II Church in Neosho also was charged Wednesday with child abuse.

Court records did not name an attorney for Russell and he could not immediately be reached by phone.

According to court records, the a woman told police that she went to Russell for counseling when she was 16 in 2003.

She said they had oral sex and intercourse on several occasions before her 17th birthday. The pastor also allegedly took nude photos of her.

Court records did not indicate the denomination of Russell's church. The church's phone number is not listed.

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