GALLATIN, Tenn. – Police have arrested the former pastor of a church group in Kentucky after accusations that he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old victim on two separate occasions.
Officials with the Gallatin Police Department arrested 46-year-old Roy Neal Yoakem Monday. He had been incarcerated on charges in Scottsville, Kentucky and was extradited to Sumner County to face additional charges.
Yoakem was accused of the statutory rape of the teen, who was a member of his congregation at the New Gospel Outreach Church in Scottsville.
Police said the victim was assaulted on two separate occasions – once at the church and another time at Yoakem’s secondary residence in Gallatin in the early part of June.
Yoakem was registered in Tennessee as a violent sex offender after a 2005 conviction for 2nd degree sexual abuse of an 8-year-old in Kentucky.
The former pastor was charged with aggravated statutory rape, sexual battery by an authority figure, statutory rape by an authority figure and as a fugitive from justice. He was booked in the Sumner County Jail.
Gallatin officials transferred Yoakem to police headquarters to be questioned by investigators on Tuesday afternoon.
Additional charges were said to be pending.