The pastor of a Baptist church in Virginia is in jail on child sex abuse-related charges, the Washington County (Va.) Sheriff’s Office has announced.
Michael Steven Canter, 38, faces charges of taking indecent liberties with a child; two charges of aggravated sexual battery; and one charge of attempted object sexual penetration, the sheriff’s office indicated in a press release.
When he was arrested, Canter was pastor of Valley View Baptist Church in Abingdon, in far west Virginia, the sheriff’s office stated. He has pastored the church since 2015, according to the church’s Facebook page.
The church did not respond to an emailed request to clarify Canter’s status there in the wake of his arrest. The only phone number listed for the church is Canter’s personal cell. He did not respond to a text message.
Deputies arrested Canter after investigating a report of sexual assault, the sheriff’s office indicated.
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