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Pastor arrested for raping his tenant’s 12-year-old daughter

By Mason White 12:36 PM May 13, 2014
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By: Anika Rao
A pastor was arrested on charges of child rape after allegedly raping his tenant’s young daughter, police in Nigeria said.

Enugu State Police said that they have arrested Pastor Johnson Uneabunso of the Truth and Salvation Ministry, after being accused of raping the 12-year-old girl.

The mother of the girl, who is the tenant in the pastor’s apartment, filed a complaint with the police after her daughter told her what happened. Cynthia Odii told investigators that the incident happened last week.

The pastor will be brought before a magistrate’s court judge for a bail hearing. Earlier this month, a pastor was arrested and charged with child rape after allegedly having sex with a young girl inside a church, police in Alabama said.

Jefferson County Police said that they arrested the 58-year-old man because he raped the 13-year-old girl in the church’s kitchen. On Monday, police identified the pastor as Tyrone Banks of Pleasant Grove. Banks was charged with rape by force and first-degree sodomy.

According to the initial police investigation, the sexual assault came to light after the mother of the victim filed a complaint with police. Police launched their investigation and they learned that the 13-year-old girl spent the night with Banks, who is a family friend.

Banks took her to a church near Hueytown, where it is said to be an associate pastor. He had the key to the church and took her into the kitchen, where he sexually assaulted her.

After the assault, he took her back home. The girl immediately told her mother what happened. He was arrested on Friday, and released from jail on Sunday, after posting $120,000 bail.