The former pastor of a LaFollette church was arrested Friday and charged with several counts of sexual battery and statutory rape in connection to a 16-year-old girl.
The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office arrested 68-year-old James Orick of Jacksboro Friday on three counts each of aggravated statutory rape and statutory rape by an authority figure as well as two counts of sexual battery by an authority figure. He was released from jail that same day after posting a $50,000 bond.
The allegations were made by a 16-year-old girl who had reportedly lived with him for about three months. The teen first told her mother, who then reported it to police. The Sheriff’s Office says that the girl has an audio recording of one of the alleged incidents.
Orick at one time had served as pastor at Mountain View Independent Baptist Church, but has since resigned.