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Pastor arrested on sex charge for returning to church

Staff Report • Jan 19, 2010 at 12:00 AM

A convicted sex offender found himself in legal trouble Sunday after police said he returned to the altar of a church where he sexually assaulted a young boy in 2005.

Edward Hughes' arrest came after police had strictly forbidden him from leading a church, coming in contact with juveniles or obtaining employment near a school, said Lt. Kim Noorbergen, police spokeswoman.

Neighbors said Mr. Hughes, 66, returned to the pulpit at Bethlehem Evangelistic Mission in East Lake sometime after the first of the year. Police have charged Mr. Hughes with two counts of violating the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry. Jail records indicated he had been released on bond by Monday afternoon.

He was accused of raping a young boy in 2005 and later pleaded guilty to sexual battery by an authority figure, Lt. Noorbergen said. The incident took place in the same building where Bethlehem Evangelistic Mission is now, police said.

Read the full report at the Chattanooga Times Free-Press Web site.

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