Monday in a Campbell County courtroom, a pastor entered not guilty pleas to several charges against him.
68-year-old James Orick of Jacksboro was arrested in February 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 last year.
On Monday, Orick, represented by Knoxville attorney Greg Isaacs, pleaded not guilty to all charges against him and had a status hearing set for May 8th.
Also on Monday in Campbell County, Michael Chesney pleaded not guilty to charges returned against him by the grand jury last month in connection to the October crash that left his girlfriend, Kristian Leach, dead. Chesney is expected back in court later this month on charges of vehicular homicide and DUI.