Pastor accused of molestation quits ministry
By CAREN M. PENLAND
SPECIAL TO THE STAR-TELEGRAM
EULESS -- A pastor who was arrested this month on suspicion of molesting a
21-year-old man has withdrawn from the United Methodist Church ministry,
church authorities said.
James L. Finley, who had been pastor of the First United Methodist Church of
Euless for four years, relinquished his ministry credentials during a
meeting Wednesday with Bishop Ben Chamness, head of the 28-county Central
Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Finley, of Euless, was arrested after a 21-year-old man called police to
report that he had been molested. Investigators urged the man to call Finley
on the telephone and talk with him about what happened. Police recorded that
phone conversation, during which Finley offered to perform additional sex
acts on the man, police have said.
After the man returned to his apartment, Finley showed up and the man called
police, who arrested Finley about a block away.
12-16-2005 Pastor accused of molestation quits ministry