A Tennessee pastor was arrested last week for attempting to rape a 12-year-old girl in his truck.
According to WRCB, William E. “Tim” Smith, Jr., 48, was discovered with the girl after police came upon his truck while investigating a separate crime involving a stolen four wheeler.
A report from the sheriff's office said deputies were on Ross Creek Road Thursday looking for a four wheeler that was possibly stolen. Instead, they said they found Smith and an underage girl in a truck.
Smith had taken the girl and her cousin to a nearby lake for several hours, according to the report.
After dropping off her cousin and picking up his other truck, Smith stopped on Ross Creek Road to use the restroom.
When he got back in the truck, that's when investigators said he started grabbing the 12 year old inappropriately. A deputy then knocked on the window and later arrested him.
Smith is the pastor of Palmer Church of God but has been placed on administrative live, according to a statement from the Tennessee Church of God State Offices (TN COG):
On June 1, 2018, Tennessee Church of God State Office officials were informed that William E. “Tim” Smith, Jr., pastor of the Palmer Church of God in Palmer, Tennessee, has been charged with attempted rape of a child.
In keeping with the ecclesiastical polity of Church of God, the Tennessee Church of God Administrative Bishop, Reverend Mitchell E. Corder, Jr., has placed Tim Smith, Jr., on administrative leave and suspended him from all ministerial activities on June 1, 2018, pending investigation and disposition of these charges.
Our concern and prayers go out to all involved in this matter.