Fmr. Pastor May Be Released on Rape Charges - NECN

Fmr. Pastor May Be Released on Rape Charges



    Fmr. Pastor May Be Released on Rape Charges
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    MIAMI - FEBRUARY 02: A judges gavel rests on top of a desk in the courtroom of the newly opened Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum February 3, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The museum is located in the only known structure in the nation that was designed, devoted to and operated as a separate station house and municipal court for African-Americans. In September 1944, the first black patrolmen were sworn in as emergency policemen to enforce the law in what was then called the "Central Negro District." The precinct building opened in May 1950 to provide a station house for the black policemen and a courtroom for black judges in which to adjudicate black defendants. The building operated from 1950 until its closing in 1963. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    A Newburyport District Court judge says a former pastor charged with raping a child can be released if he posts bail.

    The Daily News of Newburyport reports 65-year-old Russell Davis of Seabrook, New Hampshire, who pleaded not guilty, will be held on $5,000 bail following a dangerousness hearing.

    The Essex County District Attorney's Office says Davis is charged with raping a child with force as well as indecent assault and battery for alleged assaults that happened in 2004.

    Davis will need to wear a GPS monitoring device, stay away from minors and live in Massachusetts if he makes bail before his May 16 court date.

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    Davis was a Methodist pastor serving Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine churches for the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church from 1999 to 2015.

    His attorney Nicholas Morris was not immediately available for comment.