A pastor at a small Baptist church near Hillsboro was arrested Monday for allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with a child, according to media reports and a news release.
The Rev. Benjamin William Nelson, 28, was charged with two felony counts of sexual assault of a child and one Class A misdemeanor charge of deadly conduct, a news release said.
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Fox 4 News reports a mother told police she saw Rev. Nelson in a car with her minor daughter Sunday night in a Whitney-area shopping center.
His deadly conduct charge is for driving recklessly near the girl’s mother when leaving the scene of the alleged crime, the television station reported.
A police news release said Rev. Nelson was arrested without incident Monday at his Waco home. He was transported to the Hill County Jail for booking.
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Nelson, who is married, is listed as a reverend at Peoria Baptist Church. He studied at the University of Texas at Austin and Baylor University. He started preaching at the church in August, according to the church’s website.
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Phone calls to the church for comment were not immediately returned.
The Fox news station reports Nelson was studying at a seminary in Waco.
The police department is asking for other witnesses or possible victims to notify them of any other information in this case by contacting them at 254-694-2638.
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