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.