A Missouri United Methodist pastor has been suspended with pay while he faces charges of statutory sodomy and sexual abuse.
John W. Hampton, 32, most recently led the Hermann United Methodist Church and Rosebud United Methodist Churches in east central Missouri.
Last week, Camden County prosecutors charged Hampton with statutory sodomy with a person less than 12 years old, second-degree statutory sodomy, and fourth-degree child molestation. All three charges are felonies. He was also charged with misdemeanor second-degree sexual abuse.
The alleged sexual abuse took place between 2018 and 2021, according to a probable cause statement filed in the case. It took place at a lake home in Camden County, according to the probable cause statement.
During the investigation, a detective from the Camden County sheriff’s office said Hampton told the detective he did not have time to meet for an interview about the situation.
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