Pastor charged with aiding
Alleged molestation not
07/16/02 - A
Butler County pastor faces charges for allegedly aiding and abetting
a parishioner accused of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old Allegheny
F. Cox, pastor of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Allegheny
Township, obtained airline tickets for accused molester Jeremy James
Whitmire, and helped Whitmire enroll in a home for troubled young
men in Texas, court documents said.
police said Cox, 41, of 105 Scott Lane, Emlenton, enrolled Whitmire
in the home after the girl’s parents notified the pastor that
Whitmire had molested their daughter.
allegedly told the parents, who are members of the Fellowship
Baptist Church, not to report the allegations to authorities, police
Kelley Streib on Saturday arraigned Cox on felony charges of
hindering apprehension or prosecution. Cox is free after posting
Whitmire, 23, of
116 Pine St., remains in the Butler Country Prison in lieu of
$25,000 bond on charges he assaulted the girl on numerous occasions
over the past several months at the child’s home.
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