- Associated Press - Sunday, March 2, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The pastor of a Baton Rouge church has been arrested for allegedly raping a 20-year-old mentally disabled woman who, authorities said, had sex with the man at her father’s request.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office said David “Scott” Lemley, 43, pastor of New Harmony Baptist Church, was booked Saturday into the parish prison on one count of aggravated rape and one count of theft of a motor vehicle, according to The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1eQt0y3 ).

The woman’s father was arrested in November and remains in parish prison on a variety of sex counts, including aggravated rape. His name is being withheld to protect his daughter’s identity.

Lemley was held in lieu of $75,000 bail. His attorney, Carson Marcantel, couldn’t be reached for comment.

According to an arrest warrant, Lemley is accused of having sex with a 20-year-old woman “with the medical documentation mental capacity of a 7-year-old” after the woman’s father told her to because the pastor’s wife had been ill and bedridden.

The woman told sheriff’s investigators that she and Lemley had sex on several occasions, even though she didn’t want to, the warrant says.

The victim could not provide investigators with exact dates of the alleged rapes.

Late last year, authorities questioned Lemley about the allegations. He told them he had never had sex with the woman.

“He also advised that she is known for making up stories for no reason,” a detective wrote in the warrant.

Lemley said he would submit to a lie-detector test about the matter and the questioning was set for Dec. 6, but he didn’t show up, the warrant says.

Kim Lemley, the pastor’s wife, said her husband didn’t attend the polygraph test at the advice of the couple’s attorney.

“It’s false charges,” said Kim Lemley, who also works at the church, of the rape allegations.

She also described the car theft accusations against her husband as “false charges,” saying she had resolved the dispute with the person who made the complaint.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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