UPDATE | $20,000 bond set for Aiken pastor arrested on child sex crimes

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Monday, February 11, 2019

UPDATE: The bond for an Aiken County pastor accused of sexual assault has been set at $20,000.

Deputies arrested Lorenzo Renard Washington, 49, of Lexington, in Greenville County on Friday. Washington is listed as a pastor at Mt. Hill Missionary Baptist Church which is in Aiken.

The bond provisions include Washington have no contact with the victim.

Washington bonded out of jail late Monday afternoon.

A first appearance hearing is set for April 25, 2019.

Friday, February 8, 2019

GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WYFF) -- An Aiken County pastor was arrested by Spartanburg County deputies, according to News 12 NBC 26's affiliate WYFF.

He's listed as living in Lexington, S.C. on the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office website. The Upstate minister stands accused of sexually assaulting a Dorman high school student.

Deputies arrested Lorenzo Renard Washington, 49, of Lexington, in Greenville County on Friday. Washington is listed as a pastor at Mt. Hill Missionary Baptist Church which is in Aiken.

Deputies said the investigation began two weeks ago. They said a student at Dorman High School reported that a booster club member assaulted her in a concession stand at the school.

Deputies said it happened during an athletic event on Jan 22.

They said the victim reported the incident to school officials, who immediately notified law enforcement. School officials also informed the suspect that he was trespassed from all school events while this investigation was being conducted

Washington denied the allegations to investigators Monday. Deputies said Washington did make another appointment with the investigators for Wednesday but then called and canceled the meeting.

Deputies then sought warrants for Washington. After they were approved by a magistrate, deputies arrested Washington in Greenville County on Friday. He's been charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the third degree and attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the second degree.

Deputies said Washington used to be the pastor of churches in Gramling and Newberry. He's listed on the Mt. Hill Missionary Baptist Church as senior pastor.