Bullitt Central Coach Charged with Sex Abuse

By Daarel Burnette II
The Courier-Journal
December 14, 2007

A Bullitt Central High School wrestling coach and local youth pastor has been charged with sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl, the sheriff's office said today.

Clayton James Pruett, 25, allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with the girl at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, where he serves as a youth pastor, said Lt. Detective Scotty McGaha of the Bullitt County sheriff's office.

Pruett, who also is a substitute teacher at Bullitt Central, is being held on $100,000 cash bond in the Bullitt County detention center, McGaha said.

He was arrested after a 15-year-old girl and her mother told the sheriff's department yesterday that for more than a year, Pruett made inappropriate sexual advances toward the teen at the Shepherdsville church.

Pruett has been on staff at Pleasant Grove Baptist for two years and is now on administrative leave, said the Rev. Von Smith, the church's pastor.

McGaha said they anticipate more charges against Pruett but declined to elaborate.

Reporter Daarel Burnette II can be reached at (502) 582-4241.


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