Pastor Charged with Sexual Abuse Fails Lie-Detector Test

Newark Advocate
July 29, 2008

NEWARK — The minister of a Pataskala church who is accused of sexual abusing a 5-year-old boy failed a lie-detector test, according to court documents released Monday.

Pastor Michael Lee of the First Apostolic Church of Pataskala is facing one count of gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony, and is accused of inappropriately touching the child during a three-year period immediately preceding March 4.

Lee, who was indicted earlier this month, volunteered to speak with a Newark police detective and denied the allegations, according to Detective Robert Huffman's statement of facts.

His answers to a computerized-voice stress analysis, or CVSA, test were deceitful on all relevant questions, Huffman's report states.

"(Lee) advised that he still stands behind his denial of the allegations and would never admit to something he didn't do," Huffman wrote of Lee's reaction to the results.

The child allegedly told family members that Lee, last known address 23 S. 36th St., Newark, had touched him and an interview and medical evaluation led to a diagnosis consistent with the boy's story, the statement reads.

Lee told Huffman that he was concerned about the allegations becoming public because it might harm his position with the Pataskala church where he serves as minister.

The birthdate attributed to Lee on the biography on the First Apostolic Church's Web site and court documents is identical.

Lee pleaded not guilty and was released on a $5,000 own recognizance bond on July 14. As terms of his bond, he is not allowed to have any contact with the alleged victim or anyone under the age of 18.


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