LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A Lexington man is accused of using his position at church to have sex with a juvenile.
Tony Sasnett, 39, is charged with five counts of rape and prohibited use of an electronic communication system.
Sasnett, who worked for the Greater Faith Apostolic Church, did not speak Friday during his arraignment in Fayette District Court. His attorney entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
A police report says Sansett met the girl at church and was in a "position of special trust" with the girl, who is under 18. The police report also says Sasnett's accuser had "sexually explicit" messages, including nude photos, that were from him.
On Friday, Sasnett's attorney told the judge they do not think Sasnett was in a position of special trust with the girl.
A website for Greater Faith Apostolic Church listed Sasnett as their home Bible study director. (The page has since been taken down.)
The pastor of the church told WKYT in an email that Sasnett, who was a part-time employee, no longer works with the church.
Sansnett was being held in the Fayette County jail.