A Benton Music Minister Arrested, Accused of Sexual Abuse

April 25, 2009

Benton, AR - A shocking arrest in Benton. A church leader is behind bars, accused of sexually abusing a child. David Pierce served as the music minister at the First Baptist Church in Benton for nearly three decades. Right now, he is only facing charges for one crime, but more children have reportedly come forward and more charges could be filed.

(Bruce Pennington, Saline County Sheriff) "I just want people to be aware that regardless of your stature in this community we're not gonna condone these actions."

Pierce was arrested this afternoon at his home in Benton. The former minister of music at the First Baptist Church of Benton is accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy. Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington made the arrest.

He is also a first baptist parishioner, and says he feels personally let down by his former friend.

(Pennigton) "anytime something like this happens involving children because i'm a father and a grandparent it touches home."

The assault took place sometime within the last three years at an undisclosed location in saline county. Pierce is married with adult children. Pennington hopes if more victims are out there they'll also contact authorities.

(Pennigton)"i do ask that if there are anybody or anyone out there that needs to talk to us feel free to call us here at the saline county sheriff's office."

The pastor at First Baptist has confirmed the church fired Pierce when the allegations were made. To contact the Saline County Sheriff's Office, call 501-303-5609


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