Police: Deacon Molested Boy

October 15, 2009

PHOENIX — A Cottonwood deacon is in jail after being arrested on suspicion of child molestation, authorities said.

According to Cottonwood Police Department public information officer Gareth Braxton, Maxwell "Ron" Rollin Pelton, 75, abused a 10-year-old boy for 5-6 months.

The boy, who was a family friend of Pelton's, told his family who in turn called police, Braxton said.

Pelton, who is a deacon at the Immaculate Conception Church, was booked into Yavapai County Jail on charges of sexual conduct with a minor, luring a minor for sexual exploitation, furnishing harmful materials to a minor, child molestation and indecent exposure.

He is being held without bond.


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