An elderly Indiana pastor was arrested on charges that he sexually assaulted young children at his church, the Rushville Baptist Temple, Fox59 reported.
The investigation into Garry Evans, 72, began in early September after a 3-year-old girl allegedly told her mother that the pastor had made her touch his penis, according to court documents. It is not clear if Evans has entered a plea at this time.
After the mother reported the incident to authorities, police interviewed the girl, who told them that Evans had brought her into his office under the pretense of giving her candy.
Once they were behind closed doors, the girl said, Evans pulled down his pants, made the girl touch his penis, and then asked her not to tell anyone about what had occurred.
Officers searched the church on Sept. 22. As rumors of the incident spread, other parents began asking their daughters if Evans had touched them, and four other young girls came forward.
"There's not been a day gone by that we haven't done something associated with this case," said Rushville Police Chief Craig Tucker to the local Fox station.
One girl said Evans molested her “nearly every time she went to church,” according to police, and that Evans laughed when she told him “no.” Another girl also claimed she was regularly touched, and once asked the pastor to stop and left the room because she was so uncomfortable.
All of the incidents allegedly occurred after Evans lured the children into his office with candy. Police believe there may be other victims.
Evans was charged with three counts of child molestation, four counts of sexual battery, and five counts of child solicitation.
[Image: Rushville Police Department]