Smithfield police charge pastor with child molestation

This is a file photo of a Smithfield cruiser. (WLNE)

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WLNE)– Smithfield police have arrested and charged a retired pastor with second degree molestation on Friday.

Police said Archie Emerson, age 75, the retired pastor of the Ocean State Baptist Church in Smithfield, was accused by a female known to him of being molested when she was between the ages of six and eleven-years-old, according to a statement.

Smithfield police said they took Emerson into custody without incident shortly before noon on Friday.

Detectives took computers and related items from Emerson’s residence as evidence, according to the statement

Emerson appeared before Judge Joseph Ippolito  at Third District Court in Warwick, with bail set at $50,000 personal recognizance.

He is next scheduled to appear in Superior Court on October 30th, 2020.

Police have asked anyone that may have additional information to contact the Smithfield Detective Division at 401-233-1036.

©WLNE-TV/ABC6 2020


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