Local pastor charged with attempted rape


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By: Rachel Spotts – @whec_rspotts

A local pastor is charged with attempted rape for an assault that prosecutors say happened at his church.

Samuel McCullough, age 84, of Gates is charged with two counts of attempted rape and endangering the welfare of a child.

What’s most troubling to prosecutors is the age difference. Pastor McCullough is 84 and his alleged victim is under seventeen. To make matters worse, prosecutors say the attempted rape happened multiple times at McCullough’s church Caring and Sharing Christian Ministry.

Assistant District Attorney Meredith Vacca said, “The allegations involve one victim — although I can tell you that it’s an ongoing investigation.”

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