Judge sends sex abuse case to grand jury

by Jackson Latta

CAMPTON – A case against a former Prestonsburg minister accused last week of sexual abuse will now go before a grand jury.

Steven Williams, 52, formerly of Prestonsburg, was charged last week with two counts of sexual abuse after allegations were made by two minor children.

During a preliminary hearing in Campton on Tuesday, a Wolfe county judge remanded the case over to a grand jury following testimony by a Powell County Deputy Robert Matthews.

According to court records, Williams, who currently resides in Stanton, was a pastor at the First Church of God in Bowen, and Powell County school bus driver, when accused of sexually abusing two girls in his church.

Williams was formerly the pastor of the Prestonsburg First Church of God and is the owner of Williams Printing Service, a Prestonsburg business.

A police report was provided to Times Staff by the Powell County District Court, however, the narrative of the police report was redacted, Powell county clerks say, because of the graphic nature of the material. During Tuesday’s preliminary hearing, Deputy Matthews reportedly testified about the specificity of the allegations against Williams.

Following his arrest, police in Powell county raided the Bowen First Church of God Friday and removed computers and cell phones Williams may have used.

Williams preliminary hearing was moved to Wolfe county due to there being no court in Powell county this week.

Williams attorney, Jerry Patton, had not returned calls seeking comment as of press time.

The sheriff’s department is continuing to investigate, and add that additional charges could be possible.

by Jackson Latta

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