North Augusta Pastor Faces Sex Charges

NBC Augusta
June 13, 2008

North Augusta pastor Lawrence Smith is charged with several counts of sexual assault.

Deputies say some of the assaults involve a teenage girl and date back to 1990.

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office says one victim was assaulted several times between 1990 and 1995.

Sheriff Michael Hunt says the sheriff's office knows for a fact there are more victims. He says some victims have moved and others don't want to cooperate.

Smith preached at the Indeed Holiness Church. The church burned in 2005. Investigators still don't know what caused that fire.

Friday Sheriff Hunt said the department is encouraging any sexual assault victims to come forward.


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