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Ky. Pastor Arrested for Statutory Rape of Teen Church Member

Updated: Tuesday, August 19 2014, 06:23 PM CDT

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Roy Neal Yoakem, the 46-year-old pastor at the New Gospel Outreach Church in Scottsville, Ky., was arrested Monday for the statutory rape of a 14-year-old member of his church congregation, according to a Tuesday press release from the Gallatin Police Department.

Yoakem has is a convicted sex offender who lives in Scottsville, with a secondary address in Gallatin.  

Yoakem is accused of assaulting the victim on two occasions; once at his church and once at his Gallatin residence in early June, according to the release.

Yoakem has been incarcerated on charges in Kentucky and was extradited to Sumner County on Monday.  

Yoakem is registered in Tennessee as a violent sex offender for a conviction in Kentucky in 2005 for second-degree sexual abuse of an 8-year-old boy.

Yoakem has been charged with aggravated statutory rape, sexual battery by an authority figure, statutory rape by an authority figure and fugitive from justice. As of Tuesday evening, he remained in the Sumner County  Jail.  Additional charges are pending.

Anyone with information related to any other crimes that have occurred in Gallatin are asked to contact the Gallatin Police Department at 452-1313.


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