William E ‘Tim’ Smith, Jr, pastor at the Tennessee Church of God in Palmer, has been suspended by the church following his arrest this week for the attempted rape of a girl aged 12.
According to this report, the church is asking for prayers for all concerned.
In a statement it said:
On June 1, 2018, Tennessee Church of God State Office officials were informed that William E ‘Tim’ Smith, Jr, pastor of the Palmer Church of God in Palmer, Tennessee, has been charged with attempted rape of a child.Our concern and prayers go out to all involved in this matter.
In keeping with the ecclesiastical polity of Church of God, the Tennessee Church of God Administrative Bishop, Reverend Mitchell E Corder, Jr, has placed Tim Smith, Jr, on administrative leave and suspended him from all ministerial activities on June 1, 2018, pending investigation and disposition of these charges.
An arrest report published here says that police found the pastor lying on top of the girl in a truck in a wooded area. He had his pants pulled below his buttocks. Smith told the girl to tell the police she was 18. The arresting officers said Smith insisted he had done nothing wrong, and “showed no remorse”.