Former Smithfield pastor charged with child molestation

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SMITHFIELD — The retired pastor of a church in Smithfield is charged with molesting a young girl. Police on Friday morning arrested Archie Emerson, 75, the retired pastor of Ocean State Baptist Church, on charges of second-degree child molestation. According to a police news release, detectives had received a complaint from a person who said Emerson molested her when she was between 6 and 11 years old. Detectives obtained a search warrant for Emerson’s home and seized computers and related items, according to the news release. Read more of this story at the original news agency: https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20200731/former-smithfield-pastor-charged-with-child-molestation

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