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Pastor indicted for child rape resigns from Bristol utilities position

RAIN SMITH, NET News Service, [email protected] • Updated Apr 29, 2016 at 4:39 PM

A man accused of child rape and arrested on Thursday has resigned from his position as Utilities Services Manager for the city of Bristol with prosecutors saying his role as pastor of a local church is relevant to the investigation.

David St. John, 59, was taken into custody on Thursday by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. A presentment from a Tuesday meeting of the Sullivan County grand jury shows he was indicted on three counts of rape of a child and six counts of aggravated sexual battery.

Investigators acted quickly on the case, with the incident alleged to have occurred on April 19. Sullivan County District Attorney Gen. Barry Staubus tells the Times-News that the Bristol Tennessee Police Department was first contacted about allegations, but due to St. John's status as an employee of the city, it was handed over to the TBI.

Court records identify the victims as a pair of 8-year-old girls. Staubus declined to comment on where the incidents were reported to have occurred, or the nature of St. John's relationship with the juveniles.

More on St. John from the Kingsport Times-News.

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