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Former Greeneville preacher bound over to grand jury in solicitation case

Becky Campbell • May 21, 2012 at 9:40 PM

A former preacher from Greeneville told an investigator he had lustful thoughts about a 15-year-old Washington County teen and even told her he wanted to have sex with her.

The testimony from Washington County Sheriff’s Investigator Jared Taylor came Monday during a preliminary hearing for Roger Glen Ball, 42, 350 Hillcrest St., Greeneville, charged with two counts of solicitation of a minor.

Ball knew the 15-year-old teen from being her basketball coach and a teacher in her home school co-op. She was also good friends with his teenage daughter.

Sessions Court Judge John Kiener bound the case over to a grand jury.

During the hearing, assistant District Attorney Michael Rasnick presented the video interview Taylor conducted with Ball last year. The investigation began after the girl’s parents filed a report about inappropriate messages via Facebook and cell phone.

In the interview, Ball said he did send inappropriate text messages to the teen after having “impure thoughts” about her.

Taylor based his charges against Ball on two specific texts. In one, Ball told the teen he wanted to undress her and kiss her body all over. In the other, Ball told the girl he wanted to have sex with her.

Kiener asked that the teen testify as well. She told the judge that she took the text messages as Ball propositioning her, or asking her for sex.

During the video interview, Ball repeatedly told Taylor that he did make inappropriate comments to the girl, but never laid a hand on her or physically pursued his comments.

During her testimony, the teen confirmed that Ball never touched her.

But in his ruling to send the case to a grand jury, Kiener said it was clear that the teen interpreted Ball’s text messages as propositions for sex.

Kiener allowed Ball to remain free on the $20,000 bond he’s already posted. Ball is scheduled to appear in Criminal Court July 20.

At the time of the allegations in November, Ball was pastor of Greenhill Baptist Church in Greeneville and resigned after allegations were made.

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