MOUNT ORAB, Ohio - A Brown County youth pastor has been charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a 15-year-old student.
Charles Engle, 49, of Batavia, is accused of engaging in sexual conduct with a minor at least three times from November 2012 to April 2013, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Parishioners attending their regular Wednesday evening service at First Baptist Church learned about the charges facing Engle on Sunday from senior Pastor Rev. Tim Cline.
"I had to reassure the church they haven't done anything wrong," Cline said. "One man decided to betray us and break our own runes, and then a crime on top of it."
Court records indicate the alleged incidents occurred in the youth ministry house located a few hundred yards from the church at 704 South High Street in Mount Orab.
Engle was a "cleric and the minor victim was a member of, or attended, the church or congregation served by the cleric," according to court records. He started as the church's youth minister started around a year and a half, according to Cline.
Cline said he fired Engle just a day after the parents of the victim told him about their suspicions.
"He didn't follow my directive on some things; for example, don't be alone with students period," Cline said.
Engle faces three counts each of sexual battery and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Both offenses are third-degree felonies.
Brown County Municipal Court records show Engle does not have any prior felonious offenses.
The charges were filed in Brown County Municipal Court on Wednesday.
WCPO Digital and 9 On Your Side will update this story as more information becomes available.
-9 On Your Side reporter Bryce Anslinger contributed to this report.
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