A grand jury indicted a former Grundy County pastor this week, who is accused of attempted child rape.
District Attorney Mike Taylor told WRCB-TV that 48-year-old William E. "Tim" Smith, Jr. was indicted on charges of attempted rape of a child, aggravated sexual battery and possession of a controlled substance.
Smith is accused of trying to rape a 12-year-old girl, according to the Grundy County Sheriff's Office.
Taylor says Smith's next court date is July 20.
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.
Smith's bond has not been set; he has an initial court date of July 12th.