Oklahoma youth pastor, former teacher arrested for rape

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HUGO, Okla. (KAKE) -

Oklahoma officials say a 34-year-old youth pastor and former school teacher has been arrested for sex crimes.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation arrested 34-year-old Justin White on suspicion of rape and lewd molestation. The agency said White allegedly had inappropriate relationships with young girls while a teacher at Smithville Public Schools in McCurtain County and as a Youth Pastor at Spiro Baptist Church in LeFlore County.

White is currently the Youth Pastor at Clayton Avenue Baptist Church in Hugo in southeastern Oklahoma.

The OSBI said in a Facebook post that White was the baseball coach at Smithville Public School. During the 2013-2014 school year he allegedly had sex with a female student several times at his residence located on school property.

"During the investigation, agents spoke with another female who was a member of the Spiro Baptist Church youth group when White was Youth Pastor," the post says. "The female, who was underage at the time, said White would take her upstairs at the church to be alone. When alone, White would inappropriately touch and kiss the teenager."

White was arrested at the Clayton Avenue Baptist Church in Hugo.

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