published Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Pastor arrested on statutory rape charges in Gallatin, TN

Gallatin police have arrested a Kentucky church pastor on statutory rape charges involving a 14-year-old male member of his congregation.

Roy Neal Yoakem, 46, of Scottsville, Ky., was arrested Monday and is charged with aggravated statutory rape, sexual battery by an authority figure, statutory rape by an authority figure and fugitive from justice, according to a news release from the Gallatin Police Department.

According to police, Yoakem sexually assaulted the teenager on two occasions last month, once at New Gospel Outreach Church in Scottsville where he was the pastor and once at his Gallatin residence on Edgewood Drive.

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