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Calera pastor charged with first-degree rape

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Pastor Harry Jones. (abc3340.com) Pastor Harry Jones. (abc3340.com)

Pastor Harry Jones of New Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church plans to fight a first-degree rape charge.   Calera Police say on April 2, Jones raped a 39-year-old woman. 

"I've done nothing wrong and I'm going to prove that I've done nothing wrong." said Jones. 

The 49-year-old pastor says he doesn't know the alleged victim, and he feels hurt that someone would accuse him of such a crime. 

Authorities in the case haven't released much information about the woman, other than her age and race. 

Now, the pastor hopes his congregation will stand by him during this difficult time. 

"A charge of rape is a very serious crime and I have to say I just don't believe that." said Ernest Montgomery, a deacon at the church.  

"Hopefully, I've done enough for this community for them to trust me until this is settled." said Jones. 

It is unknown at this time when Jones will make his first court appearance, but members of the church have scheduled a meeting Thursday to decide the next course of action. 

 

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