HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A local pastor is no longer in leadership.
On Wednesday night, members of Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church accepted the resignation of Rev. Earnest Blount.
According to an incident report from the Hattiesburg Police Department, Blount is charged with sexual battery after an alleged 15-year-old victim said he was sexually assaulted by the clergyman.
He has been the pastor of Sweet Pilgrim for 22 and a half years.