Pastor charged with 3rd Degree Criminal Sexual Assault 31 Jul 18

A pastor at Avon Community Church is charged with 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct and turned himself in Monday afternoon at the Stearns County Law Enforcement Center. Prosecutors say 49-year-old Charles Pelkey had a sexual relationship in 2017 and 2018 with a parishioner during the course of ongoing religious and marital counseling sessions. Minnesota law prohibits a member of the clergy from engaging in a sexual act during the course of a meeting in which the victim sought or received religious or spiritual advice, aid or comfort from the suspect in private. Consent is not a defense.