facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

P.A. pastor accused of sex crimes commits suicide

The 61-year-old former pastor shot himself a week before his trial was set to begin.
By Matt Bradwell   |   May 14, 2014 at 10:55 AM   |   Comments

LEVITTOWN, Pa., May 14 (UPI) -- Police in Pennsylvania have confirmed that a disgraced former pastor facing trial for child abuse allegations has committed suicide.

61-year-old Scott Sechrist was found dead in his home of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Sechrist, former pastor of the First Baptist Church in Morrisville, stood accused of 30 felony counts of various sex crimes involving a young girl between 1989 and 1992. Sechrist allegedly met the then-9-year-old victim through his church, where her parents regularly attended. His trial was slated to begin next week.

Investigators found a suicide note in which Sechrist maintained his innocence, but have not released further details.

Follow @mckb26 and @UPI on Twitter.
Contact the Author
© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Rutgers sophomore Caitlyn Kovacs dead after visit to Delta Kappa Epsilon frat house Rutgers sophomore Caitlyn Kovacs dead after visit to Delta Kappa Epsilon frat house
2
Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison
3
Watch: News anchor resigns live on-air to sell pot, '[Expletive] it, I quit' Watch: News anchor resigns live on-air to sell pot, '[Expletive] it, I quit'
4
Cop-killer suspect Eric Frein possibly spotted, in standoff Cop-killer suspect Eric Frein possibly spotted, in standoff
5
Hiker dead in apparent bear attack in New Jersey Hiker dead in apparent bear attack in New Jersey
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback