Oklahoma youth pastor, former teacher accused of rape, molestation

Former Oklahoma teacher, youth pastor, accused of rape and molestation

OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma youth pastor and former teacher is behind bars on rape and molestation charges, authorities announced Tuesday.

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According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Justin White, 34, was recently arrested at Clayton Avenue Baptist Church in Hugo, where he works as a youth pastor.

Investigators said White "had inappropriate relationships with young females" when he was a public school teacher in Smithville and a youth pastor at Spiro Baptist Church.

In 2013-14, White, who was Smithville Public School's baseball coach, "allegedly had sexual intercourse with a female student several times at his residence located on school property," the OSBI said in a news release. In addition, a former member of Spiro's youth group said that when White worked at the church, he would "inappropriately touch and kiss" her, authorities said. The victim was underage during the incidents, she said.

White was jailed on second-degree rape and lewd molestation charges, according to the news release.

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