Pastor James Burton, 50, of Greater Faith Baptist Church is accused of inappropriately touching a girl who was a foster child in his care.
FortWayneHomepage.net reports details from the court documents:
THE PAPERWORK PAINTS A VIVID PICTURE OF SEVERAL OCCASIONS WHERE HE FONDLED AND TOUCHED THE GIRL. IT SAYS BURTON ALSO HAD THE GIRL PERFORM INAPPROPRIATE SEXUAL ACTS ON HIM.
DURING AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHORITIES SHE SAID SHE DID AS SHE WAS TOLD BECAUSE, ” I DIDN’T WANT HIM TO GET ME BACK, LIKE WHOOP ME OR SOMETHING.” COURT DOCUMENTS SAY THE MOLESTATION EVEN HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO CHURCH.
WE COULDN’T GET A RESPONSE FROM THE CHURCH TODAY, IT WAS CLOSED AND WHEN WE CALLED THE CHURCH’S PHONE NUMBER, WE GOT A MESSAGE THAT SAID THE PHONE LINE HAD BEEN DISCONNECTED. THE COURT DOCUMENTS SAY WHEN BURTON TALKED TO POLICE HE TOLD THEM HE WOULD TAKE THE CHILD TO CHURCH BUT HE DENIED ALLEGATIONS OF HAVING ANY SEXUAL CONTACT WITH HER. SHE SAID SHE TOLD THE TEACHER BECAUSE SHE DIDN’T WANT THE ABUSE TO HAPPEN TO HER SISTER TOO.
Pastor Burton’s initial hearing was held Thursday, December 7 at 8:00 a.m.