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Pastor found guilty of sexual battery
wire reports
May 31, 2010
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Pastor found guilty of sexual battery

Pastor found guilty of sexual battery
wire reports
May 31, 2010

A Gaston County judge found

King James Baptist Church’s pastor guilty May 25 of two counts of sexual

battery.

Harley Michael Keough, 73,

was charged with 10 counts of sexual battery and one count of assault on a

female. His sentence: a 60-day suspended sentence and 18 months probation.

Keough will also undergo a sexual offender evaluation, submit a DNA sample to

the state and be added to the sexual offender registry.

Keough has been charged with

10 counts of sexual battery and one charge of assault on a female for instances

that allegedly happened between 2006 and 2009. Only two of the counts were

being tried at this time because they occurred on the same day.

In his defense Keough said

he never inappropriately touched women at the food bank. He claimed one of his

accusers was angry because she was refused food. Keough did say that he hugged

one of the women, but said he did so because his church is a loving church.

While on the witness stand,

Keough said that he couldn’t have done anything wrong because he has erectile

dysfunction.

On May 24, several women

testified against Keough. They all said the assaults happened while visiting

the Bessemer City church-run food bank.

Keough’s arrest came in

November 2009 after a woman complained to police. After his arrest, others

began to share similar stories.