PAULS VALLEY, Okla. -—The daughter of an Oklahoma pastor is accused of molesting a 10-year-old boy, allegedly at the home of her parents.
Stormy Kristen Ledbetter is charged with lewd acts to a child under 16 and forcible oral sodomy.
In October 2016, police said, the boy's father told officers his son had been sexually assaulted by Ledbetter. According to an affidavit, during an interview, “the child made disclosures of sexual abuse” similar to what his father reported.
“I think it's probably the hardest case as an officer, or a detective ... to investigate a child that's been molested or sexually assaulted,” Pauls Valley Police Chief Mitch McGill said.
Ledbetter’s father is the pastor of Pauls Valley Church of the Nazarene. He told KFOR that his daughter is innocent and has been wrongfully accused.
Family friends are asking others not to pass judgement and to let the judicial system run its course.
“I was shocked. I was shocked. I've known Kristen awhile and, you know, the accusations are hard accusations,” Pastor Bruce Ford, a family friend, said.
“My encouragement to all of us is instead of pointing fingers to pray. Pray for the family. Pray for the whole situation because that`s all we can do."
The suspect's father used to serve as the chaplain for the Pauls Valley Police Department before he left that position to avoid a conflict of interest, police said.
Ledbetter is in the Garvin County Jail on a $150,000 dollar bond.