WASHINGTON (AP) — D.C. police have charged an officer, who is also a pastor from Maryland., with sexually abusing a teen girl who attended his church.
Police say 45-year-old Darrell Best of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, was arrested Monday night and charged with first-degree sex abuse of a minor.READ MORE: The Homecoming Football Game Returned To Franklin High School On Friday, But The Dance Did Not
On Saturday, police say a 16-year-old girl reported that Best, the pastor of her church, abused her three times, starting in December. A warrant was issued on Sunday. Police say Best, the pastor at God – A Second Chance Ministry Church in southeast Washington, was off duty during the incidents.READ MORE: Ocean City Braces For Car Enthusiasts, Heavy Traffic At H20i Rally
A police spokeswoman tells The Washington Post that Best has served on the force for 25 years and is now on administrative leave.MORE NEWS: Who's Eligible? Maryland Authorizes Pfizer Booster Shots For Vulnerable Adults In Coronavirus Fight
Police say detectives are continuing their investigation.