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Former KC minister is arrested in New Orleans on molestation charges

Updated: 2013-03-13T04:45:12Z

By MARK MORRIS

The Kansas City Star

A former Kansas City pastor and registered sex offender is awaiting extradition in New Orleans on charges that he molested a girl at a church in Kansas City.

George Spencer, 48, formerly worked as an associate pastor at Kansas City’s Greater Works CME Church, where he allegedly groped and sodomized a 13-year-old girl in February 2012, according to charges released Tuesday after his arrest.

The phone at the church at 7424 E. 107th St. in Kansas City has been disconnected.

Jackson County prosecutors charged Spencer with three counts of first-degree child molestation, two counts of sexual misconduct involving a child, one count of first-degree statutory sodomy and one count of forcible sodomy.

Court and police records showed that the investigation into Spencer began on Feb. 22, 2012, when officers went to the church about 9:30 p.m. to speak with a woman about her daughter.

The woman, who was at the church for a Bible study, said that Spencer had wanted to counsel her daughter in his downstairs office earlier that evening about pictures she had posted on Facebook. They returned upstairs later, and mother and daughter went to a relative’s house, where the girl began vomiting.

The girl alleged that Spencer groped her and made her take off her shirt and bra. He put his hands down her pants and sodomized her with his finger, the girl alleged. Spencer also displayed his genitals to the girl, according to the charges.

In a later interview with child forensic investigators, the girl repeated the story and said that Spencer had told her that he had “nasty … dreams about her” and that he could “get in a lot of trouble for this.”

Another pastor at the church, who was not identified in court records, told police that after hearing the next morning about the purported assault, he told Spencer to give back his keys and not return.

Spencer allegedly replied, “I know, and I know that I can’t make it right,” according to court records.

The other pastor said that Spencer admitted only to kissing the girl on the cheek and said that she had sat on his lap, but only upstairs at the church and while the “rest of the family was there.”

The other pastor also told investigators that he had known Spencer for 10 or 11 years while doing prison ministry at the Lansing Correctional Facility.

State correctional records show that Spencer served sentences in the Kansas prison system, including Lansing, after convictions in March 1993 for aggravated sexual battery and in April 1999 for taking aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

Spencer also pleaded guilty to a Platte County felony in February 1997 for leaving the scene of an accident.

A couple of hours after speaking with the other pastor on Feb. 23, 2012, Spencer may have tried to commit suicide, the charges suggested.

While Spencer drove Kansas 5 between Kansas City and Leavenworth, his car left the road and crashed.

“The roadways were dry and clear, and there were no signs of Spencer attempting to brake before his vehicle left the roadway,” a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper reported.

Speaking with Spencer later at the hospital, the trooper asked if he had been trying to hurt himself.

“Spencer replied that he had a stressful morning,” the trooper reported.

Family members told the trooper that Spencer had made suicidal comments that morning.

Though Jackson County prosecutors gave his address simply as “Leavenworth, KS,” the latest update to Spencer’s sex offender registry, last May, listed him as living in the 900 block of New Jersey Avenue in Kansas City, Kan.

FBI spokeswoman Mary Beth Romig said Spencer was arrested without incident Friday at a home in New Orleans not far from its airport. Agents there coordinated with the Kansas City FBI office in making the arrest.

According to the Orleans Parish sheriff’s office, no court date had yet been set for Spencer.

To reach Mark Morris, call 816-234-4310 or send email to mmorris@kcstar.com.

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