Missionary faces sex abuse charges in Belize

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) - A Christian missionary from Kentucky has
been jailed in Central America on charges he sexually abused three
Bryan Sears, 35, is facing sex abuse charges in Belize. Sears is
formerly a member of Victory Christian Fellowship in Somerset.
The group released a statement that says Sears was charged on
Oct. 8 in Sarteneja, Belize. The statement says the charges
"concern sexual improprieties with minors." The group says Sears
has been a missionary for seven years.
Victory Christian Fellowship senior pastor Mark Harrell said in
a statement to the Commonwealth Journal in Somerset that the
ministry was surprised at the allegations and they are grieving for
the victims (http://bit.ly/q4cF1Y ).
A Belize newspaper, Amandala, reports that Sears' alleged
victims were 13, 14 and 16 years old.

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