Pastor charged with molesting 10-year-old

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AUBURN, Ga. - A local pastor was arrested on Tuesday on accusations that he molested a child.

Henry Lackey serves as the pastor at the Freewill Pentecostal Church in Buford. His accuser came forward earlier this month, but the alleged molestation occurred four years ago when the child was 10 years old, police said.

Lackey’s wife hurried out of the church’s Tuesday night services with their adult son without comment to Channel 2’s Eric Philips.

Members of the church told Philips Lackey’s father started the small church and that Lackey had become the pastor in recent years.

Lackey and his family live in Auburn, where his accuser said the molestation took place.

Neighbors told Philips they were shocked to hear the allegations.

“They’re very nice people. Both of them. Like I said, we’re shocked,” a neighbor said.

Police said Lackey worked for Gwinnett County Schools as a heavy equipment operator before his recent retirement.

Lackey is charged with child molestation and enticing a child for illegal purposes. He is being held in the Barrow County Jail without bound.

Lackey is expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.