Local pastor facing soliciting charge involving a minor

Local pastor facing soliciting charge involving a minor
Local pastor facing soliciting charge involving a minor | Local pastor facing soliciting charge involving a minor

Grady Evans
A Union City pastor was arrested Tuesday on a fugitive warrant stemming from a Virginia charge of allegedly using a communications device to solicit a minor.
Grady Evans, the 34-year-old pastor of First Church of God in Union City, was arrested on a fugitive warrant based on a Virginia warrant charging him with the use of a communications device to solicit a minor, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
The TBI assisted the Fairfax County (Va.) Police Department in executing a search warrant — for exploitation of a minor by electronic means — at the church at 415 South Miles Ave. in Union City and in arresting the pastor.
Fairfax County detectives had contacted the TBI Technical Services Unit, which houses the TBI’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, to assist in the search and arrest of Evans. The Union City Police Department also assisted in the search and arrest.
Evans was booked at the Obion County Law Enforcement Complex without bond and has waived extradition. He will be transported to Fairfax County, Va., to face the charge.
Evans apparently has pastored First Church of God in Union City since last fall. A photo published on The Messenger’s Oct. 20, 2011, Religion Page showed him and his family — including a wife and three young sons ages 6, 4 and 4 months — as the congregation welcomed the new pastor.
The information provided to The Messenger indicated Evans had relocated to Union City from Roanoke, Ala., and was a 2002 graduate of Kentucky Mountain Bible College who earned his ministerial license by First Church of God in Alabama in 2009. He was ordained in August 2011.
According to the website for First Church of God in Union City, the church calendar includes a youth conference this weekend. No one answered the phone at the church this morning and a call went to an answering machine which still had a greeting recorded by Evans.
Published in The Messenger 3.21.12

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