According to a report by the Knoxville News-Sentinel, as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of LaFollette for 17 years, Malcolm M. King III was highly regarded in the community.
Ericka McCarty was a mentally unstable young woman who turned to him for counseling.
Instead, by his own admission, he sexually abused her, according to documents.
And now, King, his church and the Presbytery of East Tennessee are defendants in a $40 million Campbell County Circuit Court lawsuit that alleges that in addition to the sex abuse, he took over McCarty\'s finances, made her Ã¢â‚¬Å“utterly dependent upon himÃ¢â‚¬Ã‚Â and even moved her into the church parsonage.
McCarty, now 22, is undergoing extensive psychiatric counseling as a result of King\'s \"repeated acts of sexual assault and battery, harassment and intentional infliction of emotional distress,\" attorney David Dunaway said in the lawsuit filed last month.
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