Alabama pastor charged with molesting children, again

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- A Baptist pastor out of Dothan, Alabama who was charged earlier this year with three counts of sexual abuse involving two children is now charged with molesting a teenager.

Besides the earlier cases that investigators say involve boys under the age of 12, Williamson was most recently charged with illegally touching a 16-year old boy.

In the latest case, investigators say he “pushed in on the victim’s private parts in an effort to make him sit down.” He previously was charged with brushing against clothing in the genital area of two boys, one of them twice.

Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza said the first three incidents occurred at a summer church camp last year. Investigators say the latest arrest involves molestation that occurred between August and September of 2017.

Williamson was terminated as children’s pastor at Mount Gilead Baptist Church immediately following his arrest in March. The church’s senior pastor, Dr. Bradley Rushing, said upon receiving a complaint regarding Williamson’s behavior in January he was placed on administrative leave and the church notified authorities.

Williamson is married and has seven children, according to his attorney Thomas Smith.

He has a court hearing scheduled next month and is free on bond.