Jury acquits former South Dakota pastor accused of sex crime

Press & Dakotan

Associated Press

SELBY, S.D. (AP) — A jury has cleared a former South Dakota pastor and educator accused of having sexual contact with a minor.

KELO-TV (http://bit.ly/1MRXjpE ) reports that a Walworth County jury has acquitted 39-year-old Timothy Thompson of two counts of sexual contact with a child less than 16 years old.

Authorities filed the counts against Thompson last year. They accused him of having sexual contact with a boy in 2008, when he was a pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in Mobridge. Thompson also previously served as a school principal in McLaughlin.

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