UPDATE – Mississippi pastor charged with statutory rape

Published 4:51 pm Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Authorities say a pastor in Adams County has been charged with statutory rape after DNA evidence showed he was the father of a baby born to a 14-year-old girl.

Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Maj. Jody Waldrop says the Rev. Freddie L. Parker, pastor of the True Bibleway Church, was arrested Monday. Parker was released on $10,000 bond after an initial court appearance.

Waldrop says Parker was arrested on a complaint filed in February by the girl, now 15, who alleged Parker was the father of her child.

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Waldrop says the girl told investigators that she had been in a sexual relationship with Parker for several months, starting when she was 14.