CA Pastor Charged With Lewd Acts With 12-Year-Old

The Bakersfield Californian reports:

A 68-year-old Maricopa pastor has been charged with committing lewd and lascivious acts upon a child after a girl alleged the religious leader kissed and touched her inappropriately. The girl — who said she was either 12 or 13 at the time — said Maricopa Community Church pastor Stephen McCurtis was giving her a driving lesson in his white Tesla when he kissed her on her mouth and touched her inappropriately while she was wearing clothing, according to offense reports filed in Kern County Superior Court.

An attorney for McCurtis could not be reached Friday. McCurtis denied touching the child intimately but told a deputy that he kissed the girl. The defendant, who acknowledged his actions were inexcusable, also added he was upset these allegations were reported because he apologized to the girl and thought nothing else would happen. “I’m not the pursuer. That’s important, I need you to write that down. I was the pursued,” McCurtis told the deputy, according to the offense reports.

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