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Fired Cop-Turned-Evangelical Pastor Charged With Dozens of Sex Crimes Against Children

A former Oregon police officer-turned-evangelical pastor has been arrested and faces dozens of sex crime charges.

Police in Oregon have arrested 42-year-old James Worley, a senior pastor at Powell Valley Church in Gresham, and have charged him with 37 counts of rape and abuse.

In all, Worley is charged with two counts of rape, 20 counts of sexual abuse, 11 counts of sodomy, one count of attempted sodomy, and three counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.

According to his December 16 indictment, the abuse allegedly took place between 2002 and 2004 when his victims were between the ages of 12 and 14.

Worley was not a pastor at that time but police believe there may be additional victims.

Worley was fired from the Tillamook, Oregon police department in 2007 for ongoing misconduct.

The officer reportedly made unwanted sexual advances to a woman at a 911 dispatch center, created sexually explicit advertisements, wrote unethical citations, inappropriately responded to a restraining order, used the internet excessively while on duty, and destroyed evidence.

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