Tommy Lynn Bailey


A former pastor in Oklahoma who has been accused of sexually abusing a young girl for years is now behind bars.

Tommy Lynn Bailey, 56, was arrested at his Altus, Okla. home Tuesday afternoon on a felony warrant issued by the Jackson County District Court. 

According to the Altus Times, Police Chief Tim Murphy said his department received a referral from The Oklahoma Department of Human Services in early December concerning Bailey. An investigation was conducted by the police, which resulted in Bailey's arrest.

Bailey's accuser told investigators the sexual abuse occurred while she lived with Bailey and his wife as a foster child. The abuse, she says, began in September 2007, when she was 14 years old, and continued through February 2014, according to Murphy.

Until recently, Bailey was the pastor of the Elm and Hudson Church of Christ in Altus, Oklahoma and worked at Open Arms behavioral center in Lawton, Oklahoma. 

Bailey's bond is set at $100,000.

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