A Grundy County pastor, William E. "Tim" Smith, Jr. of the Palmer Church of God pleaded guilty on Friday (March 8, 2019) to attempted child rape in a case involving a 12-year-old girl.
Judge Justin Angel sentenced Smith, Jr. to 9 years and 6 months in prison. Smith, Jr. also must not make any contact with the victim.
Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum says Smith, Jr. was arrested after investigators found him with a 12-year old female in a remote wooded area engaged in sexual conduct in Smith, Jr.'s truck.
Sheriff Shrum says he was also found in possession of legend and Schedule II prescription drugs.
At the time of the arrest, Tennessee Church of God officials announced he would be placed on administrative leave.
Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum says that 48-year-old William E. "Tim" Smith, Jr. was taken into custody after Sheriff's investigators found him and a 12-year-old girl in a remote wooded area, engaged in sexual conduct.
Smith also had legend and Schedule II prescription drugs in his possession according to Shrum.
Smith identified himself as the pastor of the Church of God in Palmer.
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