The Bristol Herald Courier reports:
Detectives arrested Michael Canter, 38, of Abingdon, Virginia, without incident Thursday, Sept. 8 on multiple sexual assault charges against a juvenile female, according to a press release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
At the time of his arrest, Canter, a resident of Washington County, Virginia, was serving as the pastor at Valley View Baptist Church in Abingdon.
Canter was charged with taking indecent liberties with a child, two counts of aggravated sexual battery and attempted object sexual penetration, police said. Canter is currently being held at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail without bond.
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A local pastor is behind bars after the Washington County Virginia Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of an alleged sexual assault. https://t.co/LSgnKeR57b
— Herald Courier (@heraldcourier) September 14, 2022
One Abingdon pastor faces multiple child sex crimes. Detectives said 38-year-old Michael Canter allegedly sexually assaulted an underage member of his congregation at a church event. They say there could be more victims:https://t.co/tfjCCoHL1D pic.twitter.com/yAFI1ophiS
— Amy Cockerham WJHL (@AmyWJHL) September 14, 2022
Washington County, Virginia authorities charged the pastor of Valley View Baptist Church in Abingdon with several child-sex-related crimes on Sept. 8.
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— WJHL (@WJHL11) September 14, 2022