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Michigan church pastor faces more sexual assault charges

June 12, 2019
Christopher Cox appears in 86th District Court for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Traverse City, Mich. Cox, a Long Lake Church pastor, is accused of luring two men separately to a Traverse City office, offering them meth and sexually assaulting them once they became drunk or inebriated. (Jan-Michael Stump/Traverse City Record-Eagle via AP)

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A pastor of a church in northern Michigan is facing additional charges after a fifth man recently came forward accusing him of sexual assault.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports the man says 41-year-old Christopher Cox assaulted him last summer at Cox’s office. The new charges from Grand Traverse County prosecutors follow earlier charges on accusations that Cox sexually assaulted men and viewed child pornography on his laptop.

The case began after two men told investigators Cox gave them methamphetamine and sexually assaulted them once they became drunk or inebriated.

Cox’s attorney Paul Jarboe says his client “maintains he violated no crimes and intends to proceed to trial.”

The case is scheduled to return to court June 18. Cox is pastor of Long Lake Church in Traverse City.

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Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, http://www.record-eagle.com

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