|St. Pete Minister Charged with Sexual Battery
By Keith Baker
ABC Action News
April 14, 2009
ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- Police say the minister of the New Life Tabernacle Church is behind bars after he was charged with sexual battery involving a juvenile female member of his church.
Evans Bacon faces charges of sexual battery and lewd and lascivious conduct and molestation. He was arrested Monday following an investigation into the allegations.
Police say Bacon asked the girl to take pictures of herself closeup while she was naked.
He is also accused of touching her inappropriately while they were together at the church building, located at 342 11th Street North. Authorities say the abuse took place over several years.
St. Petersburg continue to investigate and are asking anyone who may have been a victim to contact them at their Crimes Against Children unit at 727-893-4979.
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