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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

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.

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