Louisiana pastor arrested for allegedly raping disabled woman at her father's request

David Lemley of New Harmony Baptist Church was arrested on suspicion of aggravated rape.
By Evan Bleier   |   March 3, 2014 at 1:26 PM
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BATON ROUGE, La., March 3 (UPI) -- A Louisiana pastor was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of aggravated rape after a 20-year-old, mentally-disabled woman told police that they had sex against her will on a number of occasions because her father insisted.

The girl, whose name is being withheld, has the "the mental capacity of a 7-year-old.”

David Scott Lemley of New Harmony Baptist Church was arrested by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office

The 43-year-old pastor allegedly had sex with the girl because his own wife is ill and often confined to bed. According to the warrant, Lemley told detectives he never had sex with the girl and she has a penchant for "making up stories."

A warrant for Lemley’s arrest was issued when he didn’t show up for a scheduled polygraph test in December. The girl’s father was arrested in November and remains behind bars on a number of sex counts, including aggravated rape.

“It’s false charges,” Kim Lemley, the pastor’s wife, told the Advocate. “Our church is taking care of itself.”

[The Times-Picayune] [The Advocate]

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