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Sheriff: Wayne County pastor admits to sexually abusing children

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Buckatunna, MS -

A Wayne County pastor is facing multiple charges of sexual abuse of a minor.

Pastor Tommy Joe Newberry was arrested last week in Washington County, Alabama.

He is charged with enticing a minor child, and two counts of sexual abuse and sodomy, according to Washington County Sheriff Richard Stringer.

Newberry is listed as the pastor at Red Creek Church of God in Buckatunna, according to the church's website.

Stringer said the crimes happened at Newberry's home in Alabama, one of which spanned over several years.

According to Stringer, authorities arrested Newberry after a victim came forward.

Stringer said Newberry admitted to sexually abusing six victims.

Those victims were between the ages of 11 to 15, and were members of Newberry's congregation.

Stringer said Newberry was also a director of a youth camp in Alabama.

According to Stringer, there is no evidence any boys at the camp were violated.

Newberry is now out on a $36,000 bond.

Part of the conditions of his bond is that he is not allowed contact with the victims, their families, or allowed inside the church.

Newberry has a preliminary court hearing January 20th. 

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