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Tennessee pastor booked on aggravated rape and aggravated kidnapping

By Jeanie Powell - bio | email

GILES COUNTY, TN (WAFF) - Thursday, a Valley pastor's convictions are coming into question after he was arrested.

Robin Beets is accused of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated rape.

Investigators say the victim is an adult female and she and the Tennessee pastor had an on and off again relationship in recent months.

Some members of this community told us if these allegations prove true, it's a shame for Christianity.

Robin Beets preached at the Wheelerton Baptist Church in Dellrose, Tennessee for a couple of years until in a yearly vote, some members decided not to keep him.

We were told it was not due to anything related to what he is accused of now.

His name is now printed on a sign in front of Welcome Valley Baptist Church in Pulaski.

While they wouldn't go on camera, those who were once the eyes of his congregation, were vocal upon hearing serious allegations brought against this man of faith.

The 42-year-old pastor was booked into the Giles County Jail on March 17th on aggravated rape and aggravated kidnapping stemming from a March 15th incident.

Lt. Joel Robison is supervisor over Criminal Investigations at the Pulaski Police Department.

He tells WAFF 48 News, "Aggravated kidnapping, by the Tennessee Code Annotated, means the person was either injured or a weapon was used during the commission of the rape."

The investigator would not reveal circumstances surrounding the events.

He says the investigation is ongoing and detectives still have several people to interview.

We asked, "Does he have any priors?"

Robison responded, "I'm not at liberty to say at this point in time."

Some people in Giles County who listened to his message over the years say Beets was a good preacher and they enjoyed his sermons.

Now, a community is shocked by this arrest.

Sandra Sneed, a Pulaski resident, says, "It's very disappointing that a man of God would even do something like that... we should pray for people like that."

Beets is facing felony charges.

He was released from the Giles County Jail Wednesday.

We called the pastor and he told us he didn't wish to comment on this situation.

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