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Thursday, October 16, 2008                                                                                       View Comments

Pastor accused of molesting girl

A Moberly principal and pastor has been charged with second-degree child molestation after allegedly taking a 16-year-old female student to a Columbia motel and fondling her in May.

The misdemeanor charge against James M. Wilson, 42, was filed Oct. 9 in Boone County Circuit Court. Wilson is the principal of Terrill Road Christian Academy and also a pastor, according to probable cause statement prepared by Columbia police Detective Latisha Stroer.

The 16-year-old girl reported on Sept. 10 that in May, her mother dropped her off at a gas station down the street from the school, where Wilson picked her up. Wilson brought her to Motel 6 at 1800 I-70 Drive S.W. in Columbia, the court documents says.

The girl said Wilson checked into a motel room and he and the girl stayed in the room watching cartoons, according to the probable cause statement. Wilson allegedly threw the girl down on the bed, unbuttoned her shirt, kissed her and touched her breasts.

The victim then told Wilson to stop because he was married, and Wilson stopped and apologized, according to the statement.

The girl reported they were in the motel room for about 20 minutes before Wilson took her back to Moberly and dropped her off at the gas station, the court document said.

A search of registration records by police confirmed that Wilson checked into a room at the Motel 6 in Columbia on May 6.

When interviewed by police on Oct. 9, Wilson denied taking the girl to a Columbia motel or staying in a motel room until confronted with the registration form, according to the statement. Wilson then invoked his right to counsel.

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