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More details emerge after pastor charged with sodomy, child porn

Kenneth N. Allen (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Dept.) Kenneth N. Allen (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Dept.)
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EAST PRAIRIE, MO (KFVS) -

An East Prairie pastor faces several child sex charges.

Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore says Kenneth Neal Allen, 36, is charged with three counts of first degree statutory sodomy and possession of child pornography.

The East Prairie community says Allen is the Pastor at Grace Apostolic Church.

Sheriff Moore says there are multiple child victims under the age 14 and they expect more charges to be filed as victims are still coming forward and investigators gather additional information.

Allen was taken to the Mississippi County Detention Center without bond.

His arraignment is scheduled for May 16.

There will be no church at Grace Apostolic Church this Sunday.

Mothers of the alleged victims said Allen was like a neighborhood babysitter. They said kids would stay with him overnight while parents worked. The moms said since he was a pastor they trusted him. They say he helped the kids make Facebook pages.

One mom said she became suspicious when she went to pick her son up from Allen's house, and her son came out only wearing boxers, a different pair than he was wearing when he left home, and covered in lotion.

Another mom says now, her son has talked about similar instances occurring years ago with Allen.

According to court documents, Allen admitted to having adult porn on his computer and sleeping in bed with boys in their boxers.  Police took computers, a cell phone, and digital camera from Allen's home.

Court documents claim Allen told police he looked up video on the internet to educate boys about circumcision.

Allen told police of three instances when he accidentally inappropriately touched a child, according to court documents.

Allen also admitted to police of going into the bathroom while the boys took showers, but to give them a towel or soap, according to the court papers.

He also told police he had been a victim of sexual abuse for several years as a child.

Ann Allen, Ken Allen's mother, said the stories and accusations are lies. She said she doesn't think the parents should have taken the boys to Allen's house so much, and said she wonders where the police were then.

Church members at Grace Apostolic Church said they don't think the accusations against their pastor are true.

People in the East Prairie community said they're shocked. One woman said the whole ordeal makes her sick.

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