Bluefield pastor indicted on sex charges

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — Police say a West Virginia pastor has been charged with sex crimes involving a mentally incapacitated man.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports a Mercer County grand jury indicted Anderson H. Martin II last week on charges of third-degree sexual assault and second-degree sexual abuse.

Bluefield Police Sgt. K.L. Adams told the newspaper that the victim is 25, but has the mental capacity of a 10- to 12-year-old.

Adams said Martin is the pastor at Greater Tabernacle of Faith Apostolic Church.

In a criminal complaint, Adams said Martin told police he was trying to tell the man how to wash himself and denied touching him.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Martin has an attorney.

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