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Pastor arrested for crimes against a child

by Danielle Wagner

WESTGATE (KWWL) A pastor at two eastern Iowa churches, was arrested by Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies for crimes against a child.

40-year-old Timothy Edwin Parker was charged and arrested for lascivious acts with a minor and third degree sexual abuse.

During his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon in West Union, bond was set at $40,000. A no contact order was also granted for the 13-year-old victim.

Parker has served as pastor at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Westgate since September 2001. He's also the pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Fayette, beginning his time there in 2004.

After a week-long investigation and a search of Parker's home by the Fayette County Sheriff's Department, Pastor Parker was arrested for several crimes against a 13-year-old victim.

"Basically was notified of the abuse and with the information followed up with the investigation, interviewing the victim and also the perpetrator," said Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher.

Sheriff Fisher said his heart goes out to the victim and the community of Westgate.

"It's a very active church, good community, great community. I'm sure it's going to shock and be devastating to people," said Fisher.

Fisher said these crimes are especially difficult when it's a person many people trust.

"We of course want to do our job, do the best we can. Arrest people who do these types of crime. Sometimes we're not aware or somewhat surprised at who may be doing these," said Fisher.

KWWL spoke with one member of the church who said the elders with St. Peter Lutheran Church are waiting to learn more, but at this point, they aren't sure what the future holds.

St. Peter Lutheran Church is part of the Lutheran Church of Missouri Synod. A call to LCMS was not immediately returned.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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