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Details emerge in church pastor sex abuse case

Friday, May 11, 2012

CHARLESTON -- An East Prairie church pastor remains in jail following multiple charges of sodomy and for possessing child pornography.

Kenneth N. Allen, 36, pastor of Grace Apostolic Church in East Prairie, is charged with three felony counts of first degree statutory sodomy of deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 14 years old and one felony count of possession of child pornography, according to Missouri Case.net.

According to the probable cause affidavit provided by Mississippi County Prosecuting Attorney Darren Cann, about 5 p.m. Monday Mississippi County Deputy Marc Tragesser received a report from a woman whose teen-aged son was at Allen's residence on Mitchell Street and came out of Allen's house wearing boxer shorts that weren't his. The boy went into the residence and got his clothes, telling his mother he took a shower at Allen's.

The boy made a voluntary statement on video saying Allen walks around in his boxers with his genitals sometimes being visible. The boy said he slept on the couch but two other juveniles slept in a small bed with Allen and all wore boxer shorts. They also took showers there and Allen would come into the bathroom but didn't open the shower curtain.

The boy also said Allen took pictures of the juveniles while wearing their boxers and clothes, too, and that Allen had three computers.

Tragessor and two other deputies went to Allen's residence, where they were given permission by Allen and his wife to search the home and confiscated a laptop computer, camera, cell phone, video camera and computer monitor.

In his statement, Tragessor said he saw on the cell phone photos of Allen in bed with a shirtless juvenile. The camera revealed photos of at least three juveniles wearing boxers and sitting in the living room. Allen also had on boxers.

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