Ex-youth minister in court Tuesday

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By The Staff

The former First Baptist Church youth minister accused of sexually abusing two teens in 1992 is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Anderson County Circuit Court for a pretrial conference.

Gordon Lunceford, 46, of Richmond, was indicted by a grand jury last month on 13 counts of rape, sodomy and sexual abuse of two children, one under 16 and the other under 14 at the time.

At least one of the alleged victims came forward last summer and Kentucky State Police launched an investigation in August.

The alleged abuse occurred from August 1992 to November of that year. The first was Aug. 5 when, according to court documents, Lunceford committed third-degree rape by engaging in sexual intercourse with the victim, who was under the age of 16 at the time.

In another count, Lunceford is accused of using his position as a person with authority or special trust to engage in sexual intercourse with a person under 16 when he came in contact with her as a result of that position.

He surrendered to authorities June 5 before posting a $10,000 cash bond and being released from the Franklin County Regional Jail.

First Baptist in Lawrenceburg is but one of several churches in which Lunceford has served as a youth minister.

According to state police, he also served as a youth minister in churches in Franklin and Madison counties, although no specific churches were named.

He has served as a youth minister at First Baptist Church in Richmond along with Rosedale Baptist Church in Richmond, according to the Richmond Register.

He most recently was employed as a building inspector with the city of Richmond, but took a personal leave of absence, the Register reported.

Det. Luke VanHoose of state police Post 12 in Frankfort is investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to call him at 502-227-2221.