FAYETTE COUNTY, Pa. - The pastor of a Fayette County church accused of having inappropriate contact with an 11-year-old girl faced a judge Tuesday.
According to the criminal complaint, the alleged victim told police Ray Teets tried to touch her and told her he wanted to have sex with her.
Channel 11’s Joe Holden reported that the girl and her mother took the stand Tuesday.
“My daughter still has nightmares and she still screams in her sleep,” the alleged victim’s mother said. “She has high anxiety levels now and she lashes out at every little thing. It’s been rough.”
Teets, who is the former pastor at Fallen Timbers Community Church in Springhill, admitted that he had a prior child sex abuse conviction in Maryland, according to police.
Holden asked Teets, “How did it go in there?”
Teets said, “As well as it could. I feel satisfied with it.”
Holden also asked, “Did you ever lay a hand on that girl?”
Teets said, “No, I didn’t.”
Prosecutors said Teets attempted to touch the girl on numerous occasions, including inside a woodshed on the family’s Port Marion property.
“Did you ever bring her to that woodshed?” Holden asked.
“I went in there with her. I didn’t bring her there,” Teets said.
The family had surveillance cameras, which prosecutors said captured Teets sneaking onto the property and interacting with the girl before going into the woodshed.
“Do you think that was appropriate?” Holden asked.
“No, it wasn’t,” Teets answered.
Holden also asked Teets, “Do you regret that?”
Teets said, “Yes,” while shaking his head.
Holden reported that no charges were dropped during Tuesday’s hearing.