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Saturday, February 02, 2008                                                                                       View Comments

Pastor charged with theft

A Scott County Pastor has been charged with stealing $900 from his church.

Pastor Joe Moran, of Stamping Ground Baptist Church, was arraigned this month on theft charges. He pleaded not guilty.

Moran tells 27NEWSFIRST the allegations are nothing more than a big misunderstanding. He says he made a mistake when he deposited a check for $900.50 into his personal account.

He says the check was written out to him and was sent to his personal address.

Some of the 100-member congregation have left the Church and have asked Moran to step down. But he says he did nothing wrong and that he will not be leaving.

Moran will be back in Scott County Court on February 21 for a preliminary hearing.