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Pastor charged with sex abuse

BRANDENBERG, KY – A Kentuckiana pastor is charged with several counts of sex abuse. Kentucky State Police investigators say the victim, a young girl, filed a complaint against Pastor Marion Barnes on Monday.

Barnes, a pastor at Glad Tidings Christian Center in Brandenburg, is charged with a total of five counts of sexual abuse. According to KSP, the victim is a teenager who claims the abuse had gone on for some time.

Several people in the community said they were surprised to hear about the charges. Terri Karnes, a spokeswoman for the church, told us the alleged incident did not happen on church property. Karnes, who said it is a private, family matter, gave us the following statement:

"Glad Tidings and all its members are requesting the community to pray for our church and all those involved."

Court records show Barnes, who has posted bond and been released from jail, has been ordered to stay away from the victim, any children under the age of 18, or where children may hang out. He is expected in court on Wednesday, February 24.