Former Pastor In Kentucky Arrested For Sexual Assault

The woman alleges that Eduardo Cornejo physically forced her to have sex with him and instructed her to keep it secret.

A former associate pastor at the Columbia First Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Kentucky was arrested after a woman came forward with accusations of criminal sexual conduct.

Eduardo Elias Cornejo, 34, turned himself in to Lexington Police and was released on bond. The victim says that Cornejo met with her and used persuasion and physical force to have sex with her even though she repeatedly told him no and made it clear that she did not want to have sexual contact with him. Cornejo reportedly told the victim not to tell anyone about it.

Investigators say that Cornejo may have used his position to coerce or persuade others to engage in sexual or other inappropriate activity with him. Police are asking other victims to come forward by notifying law enforcement.

Police reported that Cornejo was fired by the church in 2017, though no reason for termination was given.