Chester County police are searching for a pastor whom they say has fled after being charged with the rape of a teen he impregnated while she was living in his home.
Jacob Malone, who worked with Calvary Fellowship Church in Downingtown, was charged with rape and institutional sexual assault, CBS reported, adding that his whereabouts could be hard to determine because, as a pastor, he moved around frequently.
The charges against Malone stem from alleged sexual incidents with an 18-year-old woman who lived with him and his family in Exton, ABC reported. The woman has said Malone provided her with alcohol on two occasions and, in one instance, molested her while she was intoxicated.
The teen has told police that she is pregnant with the Malone’s child, investigators said to NBC.
Church leaders confronted Malone about the girl’s pregnancy in November, pastor Bill Bateman said in a related Philly.com article. When confronted, Malone admitted to impregnating her before resigning his position in mid-November.
West Whiteland Township police detective Scott Pezick said Calvary Fellowship Church is cooperating with the investigation, and authorities are currently determining if there are more victims, CBS added.
“We don’t know where he is, so the net is pretty wide at this point,” Pezick said to CBS, which also stated that authorities believe Malone may have already fled the Philadelphia area.