Lexington pastor accused of sexual abuse

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A former pastor at a large Lexington church is facing charges after accusations that he sexually abused children.

Police arrested Reid Buchanan Wednesday. Buchanan used to work at St. Luke United Methodist Church. According to court documents, Buchanan faces two counts of sexual abuse.

Police say two teenagers have come forward claiming Buchanan touched them inappropriately on multiple occasions.

According to police, one of the victims told them the abuse started when she was 12. She says she didn't come forward until the latest incident that happened in July of this year. An arrest report says she told a family members what had happened

According to the police report, the other victim quote "disclosed that the sexual abuse began when she was in the 3rd grade." The document also says one of the incidents happened on a mission trip.

WKYT reached out to St. Luke United Methodist Church after details of the arrest were released. A church representative said any questions needed to be directed to the lead pastor of the church.

Cathy L. Bruce with the Kentucky Annual Conference with the United Methodist Church released the following statement following the incident;

"The Kentucky Annual Conference takes any allegations of misconduct very seriously. When the senior pastor at St. Luke learned of this allegation, the staff member in question, Reid Buchanan, was immediately relieved of his duties and suspended while child protective services investigated. He was suspended the day the church became aware of the allegations, July 23, 2017 and as of August 31, 2017 is on unpaid transitional leave. Mr. Buchanan will not be appointed to any position within the United Methodist Church while this investigation is active.

These allegations do not allege any wrong doing on church property, at church events, nor has the church had any previous complaints about Mr. Buchanan. We are unable to discuss the nature or details of these allegations in greater detail. This is the only statement we will make at this time."

In the police report, it says Buchanan declined to be interviewed but provided a statement denying any wrongdoing.

Buchanan was arraigned in district court on Thursday. A judge ordered him to have no contact with the teens. He will be back in court next month for a preliminary hearing.

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