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Last updated: Thu. Dec. 06, 2012 - 11:59 am EDT

Pastor jailed on molesting counts

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FORT WAYNE — The pastor of a Fort Wayne church was arrested Wednesday on charges he repeatedly molested a foster child in his care.

James M. Burton, 50, was booked into the Allen County Jail shortly after 2:45 p.m. on four counts of felony child molesting. He was being held in lieu of $70,000 bail.

Burton, of the 5900 block of Tanager Boulevard, had been serving as pastor of Greater Faith Baptist Church, according to the churchís Facebook page.

Calls to the church Wednesday were not answered.

Burton is accused of inappropriately touching a girl younger than 14 between June 19, 2009, and Jan. 31, 2012.

The girl was a foster child in his care, court records said.

Documents said the child told an employee at her elementary school that her foster father had been molesting her.

The girl told investigators the molestations began when she was 6 or 7 years old.

Burtonís wife told investigators the child and her sister had been living with the couple for more than two years and had recently been removed from the Burtonsí home, court records said.

jcrothers@jg.net


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