Pastor had sex with 15-year-old girl inside church, police say

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YORKTOWN, Ind. (WISH) — A pastor in Yorktown has been arrested after a 15-year-old member of his church said the two had sex inside of the church.

53-year-old Terry Dobbs faces multiple felony charges, including sexual misconduct with a minor, vicarious sexual gratification with a minor, child exploitation and child solicitation.

On Dec. 2, investigators received information that Dobbs had been having sex with a 15-year-old girl from his church.

A detective from Allen County told Yorktown police that the girl said she had been in a sexual relationship with Dobbs for two months. Allen County detectives found sexual messages on her school computer.

Five days later, Allen County detectives turned over evidence that had been collected. On Dec. 9, Yorktown police spoke with the girl.

She told investigators that Dobbs had begun to counsel her in July about a problem she was having. She said Dobbs began talking about kissing her, then the pair progressed to having sexual intercourse inside of the church on three occasions.

Additionally, she said they had taken and sent nude pictures of themselves to each other via phone and computer.

Police said Dobbs confessed to accusations when he spoke with investigators on the evening of Dec. 8.

A future court hearing for Dobbs has not been listed online.

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