Evansville Youth Minister charged with rape and sexual assault

According to Tennessee Attorney General Matthew Stowe, a youth minister from Evansville and former pastor from Tennessee faces multiple charges of rape and aggravated sexual violence.

A Stowe press release released on Tuesday explains that Joshua Burton Henley, 32, who currently resides in Newburgh, Indiana, was arrested on one count of aggravated sexual violence and three counts of rape.

Joshua Henley, 32, of Newburgh – District Attorney Matthew Stowe

Stowe says Henley is currently employed as a youth minister at Washington Avenue Church of Christ in Evansville, Indiana.

Previously, Henley served as a pastor at Holladay Community Church and was a volunteer girls basketball coach at Holladay Primary School in Holladay, Tennessee, according to District Attorney Stowe.

According to authorities, the case involves several victims aged between 12 and 16 and, so far, the jurisdiction covers three states.

Stowe said agents from the FBI, the Benton County Sheriff’s Department, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the District Attorney’s Office worked closely to gather information and evidence in the case.

“We knew from the information we got that it was going to span across different states, so that’s when we got the federal authorities involved,” Benton County Sheriff Kenny Christopher said. .

Stowe says law enforcement officials believe there may be other victims linked to the case who have yet to be identified.

Anyone who may have additional information regarding this matter is urged to contact investigators with the Benton County Sheriff’s Department at 731-584-4632.

Henley was incarcerated at Benton County Jail on June 18, 2021. Stowe says Henley is currently being held at Benton County Jail on $ 500,000 bail and will be brought to justice on Wednesday morning.

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