Youth pastor arrested for sexually abusing a child
March 16, 2016
Authorities said a youth pastor has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing a child twice in the last three months.
The Sun Herald reported Hancock County sheriff's investigators booked 35-year-old David Matthew Thorne, of Picayune, Tuesday on two counts of sexual battery of a minor.
Chief Investigator Glenn Grannan said Thorne, a youth pastor at Goodyear Baptist Church in Pearl River County, sexually abused the same child on Jan. 31 and Feb. 7.
Grannan said the alleged crimes occurred in Hancock County and came under investigation after the child's parents notified authorities.
Online jail records did not list an attorney.