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Moultrie pastor accused of sex with a minor

The minister has been charged with child molestation and statutory rape, deputies say

MOULTRIE — A Moultrie preacher was arrested Wednesday for having sex with minor, officials say.

Charles Luke Jr., 42, pastor of New Jerusalem Church in Moultrie, was charged with one count of child molestation and one count of statutory rape, said Chris Robinson, investigator with the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office.

Robinson said a 14-year-old girl reported to a local medical office that she had been sexually molested over the weekend by Luke. The Department of Family and Children’s Services also became involved, Robinson said, and reported the allegation to law enforcement officials.

Officials say the teen was interviewed and enough forensic evidence was gathered to warrant Luke’s arrest. Luke was transported to the Colquitt County Jail, and has been released on bond, Robinson said. The investigation in ongoing, officials say.