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Crawford County pastor accused of luring ‘teen’ relieved of duties

| Friday, March 7, 2008 12:00 a.m

The pastor of two churches in Crawford County was relieved of his duties following his arrest on charges of trying to lure what he thought was a 13-year-old girl over the Internet, United Methodist Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton said Thursday.

The Rev. Steven Richard McGuigan, 39, pastor of Valley and Hickernell United Methodist churches in Conneautville, was jailed in lieu of $35,000 cash bail following his arraignment Wednesday on charges of unlawful contact with a minor and criminal use of a computer, said state Attorney General Tom Corbett.

Bickerton will lead services at both churches on Sunday.

Corbett said McGuigan, who has been pastor of the churches since 2004, used an Internet chat room to approach an undercover agent posing as a 13-year-old girl. McGuigan is accused of sending the “girl” nude Web cam pictures of himself.

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