Salisbury Pastor Acquitted in Teen Rape Case

August 12, 2006

(AP) Salisbury, Md. A pastor has been acquitted of all charges of having a sexual relationship with an underage girl in his congregation.

A Wicomico County Circuit Court jury found 30-year-old Joshua Lawson, of Salisbury, not guilty of sexual abuse of a minor and engaging in a perverted practice.

The decision came after a two-day trial and about 30 minutes of deliberation.

Lawson is pastor of New Life the Apostolic Church.

He was charged by police in February with allegedly having sex with a then 16-year-old girl for several months starting in August 2005.


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