Friday, September 22, 2006                                                                                       View Comments

Pastor arrested on child abuse charge

The pastor of a church in Jackson, Mississippi, has been arrested and charged with felony child abuse, a news release from the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department said.

John C. Evans, 47, 3919 McGuffee Road in Clinton, was arrested Wednesday, the release said.

Evans posted $2,500 bond, the release said. His case will be presented to a grand jury.

Evans is a minister at Cathedral AME Zion Church, 428 W. Northside Drive in Jackson, according to the church’s Web site.

Details of what led to the arrest were not mentioned. But the release said it was the result of a request for assistance from the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

Efforts to reach Evans this evening were unsuccessful.

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