Montco pastor charged with indecent exposure

August 9, 2011 8:30:12 PM PDT
A Montgomery County Methodist pastor has been arrested for allegedly exposing himself to at least two individuals.

Rick Rogers, the former pastor at Jarrettown United Methodist Church, is charged with lewdness, indecent exposure, harassment, and other charges.

Parishioners knew very little about the allegations, but when they heard about them, they were stunned.

"It's sad. It makes you wonder what the world is coming to these days," parishioner Joan Kwortnik said.

In a statement released by United Methodist Church, Bishop, Peggy Johnson, says she "received a written and signed complaint regarding inappropriate behavior" by Reverend Rick Rogers.

The Bishop says multiple people came forward with the complaints, but she did not reveal exactly what happened.

She maintains the allegations do not involve minors.

In June, Rogers was suspended pending an internal investigation.

Then Monday, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office filed the slew of charges against him.

"He's been good for the church. He's really gotten kids involved, back into in religion. And the church was really floundering before, but it's been doing really good underneath him. I'm shocked," Kwortnik said.

Other parishioners echoed Kwortnik's sentiments off camera, saying the husband and father was an asset to the church and the allegations seemed out of character.

Rogers faces a preliminary hearing next week.

Attempts to contact him and his attorney have been unsuccessful.


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