Elmore Man Charged with Sexual Abuse While Youth Pastor Intern in S.C. 40 Years Ago

A former youth pastor intern now living in Alabama has been arrested and charged with sexual abuse in South Carolina more than 40 years ago.

Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Bobo says that Peter William Cooper, 63, of Elmore has been returned to South Carolina to face a charge of a lewd act on a minor in 1976.

Bobo said deputies began investigating after an investigator with the Robertsdale Police Department called in October. That agency had received a complaint about sexual abuse but could not charge the suspect.

Bobo said investigators determined Cooper was a youth intern pastor at Central Church of Christ in Spartanburg in 1976 and the offense occurred at the victim’s home during a Bible study.

Greenville is investigating another case.

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