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Pine Bluff pastor arrested for rape

A pastor in Pine Bluff has been arrested for the rape of a 16-year-old girl.
Pine Bluff, AR-A pastor in Pine Bluff has been arrested for raping a 16-year-old girl. 

Approximately three weeks ago the Arkansas State Police Hot Line notified the Pine Bluff Police Department’s Detective Office of the reported rape of a 16-year-old in Pine Bluff. The investigation revealed enough evidence to support the report as being factual.

Edgar Franklin Jr.,  43,  was identified as the person responsible.  Mr. Franklin is the pastor of New Bethany Missionary Baptist Church in Pine Bluff.

Franklin was arrested on probable cause and transported to a Jefferson County Detention Center pending formal charges being filed by the Prosecuting Attorney’s office.

He will appear Friday October 3rd, 2008 before Circuit Judge Rob Wyatt Jr. at the Jefferson County Court House for a Probable Cause Hearing.
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