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Pastor arrested in Michigan on charges of teen rape

Posted at 10:14 PM, Jan 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-25 22:14:55-05

HOLLAND, Mich. — According to 43-year-old Pastor Larry J. Rayford Jr. of Clarksville, Tennessee, was booked in Montgomery County Jail on four counts of rape in addition to four counts of statutory rape.

The victims were ages 15 and 13 in 2020 when the incidents allegedly happened. One year following the rapes Rayford was indicted by Montgomery County Grand Jury on two counts of rape and two counts of statutory rape with each victim.

The online publication further states that Rayford went to Holland to help with the funerals of several family members. On Dec. 22, 2021, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies tracked Rayford down with a K-9 unit before arresting him.

Rayford is reportedly listed as the “Overseer/Senior Pastor: Pastor Larry Polo Rayford Jr.” on the church's online page and has a previous criminal history in the form of a domestic assault conviction in 2007 and a retired child abuse case in 2016, reports say.

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