2010-09-25 / News

Former Millersport pastor charged

By Scott Rawdon

HEBRON – A Millersport pastor was charged with sexually battery after a Hebron woman told police that the pastor was having inappropriate relations with her 16-year-old daughter.

Daniel Monk, former pastor of Millersport’s Souls Harbor Pentecostal Church, was to go before a grand jury Sept. 23 on a charge of sexual battery, said Licking County Assistant Prosecutor Dan Huston. He said charges were filed against Monk Sept. 15 and he was arrested Sept. 18. Monk was released Monday after posting $35,000 bond.

Licking County Municipal Court Judge David Stansbury ordered Monk to stay way from the victim and her family.

Ohio United Pentecostal Church District Superintendent J. Mark Jordan said Monk surrendered his ministerial license and his church shortly before his arrest. Jordan said Monk is no longer affiliated with the church or the Pentecostal organization and any penalties Monk may or may not receive as a result of his alleged actions is strictly up to the courts. “We could only revoke his license,” said Jordan.

As far as the future of the Souls Harbor Pentecostal Church, which Monk founded with his family roughly five years ago, Jordan said the congregation will decide upon a new pastor. “That’s an ongoing process,” he said.

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