- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) - Bond has been set at $100,000 for a central Ohio pastor accused of having sex with a 15-year-old parishioner on church property.

Police say they arrested 44-year-old Scott Murphy on Monday, and he provided a taped confession. He is senior pastor of the Newark Heights Church of God, east of Columbus.

He’s charged with sexual battery, and prosecutors say he also exchanged nude images with the teen. A grand jury will consider additional charges.

Licking County prosecutor Ken Oswalt tells The Columbus Dispatch that under Ohio law, pastors, as well as teachers, coaches and Scoutmasters, are charged with felony sexual battery because “they exercise a lot of influence over young people.”

No attorney information was available for Murphy, who also was ordered not to have contact with anyone under 18.


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