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Pastor With Indiana Ties Accused Of Assaulting Young Boys

Last updated on Saturday, May 12, 2012

(MISSOURI) - A pastor with ties to Central Indiana has been accused of molesting young boys and authorities are worried there may be more victims.

Aishah Hasnie, of Fox59, reports, Kenneth Allen, 37, is the pastor of a church in Missouri. He was arrested this week on one count of child pornography and three counts of statutory sodomy. Since charges were filed, Missouri authorities say, the number of potential victims has jumped to nine, between the ages of six and 13.

According to court documents filed in Missouri, Allen admitted to sleeping in boxers with boys also wearing boxers.

One child told police, Allen "touched him in the private area at least two times." Another boy said "he was touched at least six times."

Allen told police he "...could of (sic) touched them while he was alseep but it was not intention(al)." However, he later admitted, one time he woke up next to a boy and "...his hand was on the private area but let his hand linger there. He knew it was wrong."

Missouri authorities say that Allen lived in Indiana for several years and they are concerned there may be potential victims.

Fox59 alerted the Sure Foundation Apostolic Church in Indianapolis where Allen had been a guest preacher in 2010.

"He'd said that the church that he'd pastored was having financial problems and being that he and his wife were from Indiana, that they wanted to relocate back to this area," said Pastor Dwight Cole.

Cole said Allen didn't stay long and was never alone with children, but he and his wife Tracie are still shocked by the charges.

"You don't wanna believe it," said Tracie Cole. "Nothing, to me, ever threw up any red flags at all, but that's what's scary."

The Coles said they have contacted the pastor of a church in Marion where they believe Allen spent more time.

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