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January 7, 2009

HIV-Positive Pastor Charged With Sexual Abuse of Minor

A central Kentucky-based pastor has admitted to having unprotected sex with a 15-year-old and not disclosing his HIV-positive status to the minor, MSNBC reports.

According to the article, 47-year-old James H. Bell was arrested December 30 after going to the Shelby County Detention Center and telling police that he had sex with the juvenile “on multiple occasions” in 2007. An arrest citation says that the pastor of Refuge Temple Church of God in Christ never told the minor he was HIV positive.

Bell is charged with sexual abuse, wanton endangerment and third-degree sodomy. He remained in jail on Tuesday, January 6, on a $50,000 bond.

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