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Church releases statement after former youth minister arrested on rape charges

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Kyle Adcock was a former youth minister at Woodward Avenue Baptist Church. (Source: Frisco City Jail) Kyle Adcock was a former youth minister at Woodward Avenue Baptist Church. (Source: Frisco City Jail)
MUSCLE SHOALS, AL (WAFF) - Woodward Avenue Baptist Church released a statement on Facebook after a former youth minister was arrested on rape and sodomy charges.

Kyle Adcock was arrested in Texas where he currently lives and is being extradited to Colbert County. He was charged with nine counts of sodomy and 22 counts of rape. 

Investigators said the activity leading to the charges happened in the church and at Adcock's Muscle Shoals home between 2010 and 2012. Adcock was arrested in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Wednesday and held on $500,000 bond.

Woodward Avenue Baptist Church released the following statement on Thursday:

"The congregation of Woodward Avenue Baptist Church is deeply saddened by the news that unfolded yesterday regarding a former staff member. Our first priority is to offer prayer for the victim and her family. We are willing to work with law enforcement agencies in any way necessary to help in their investigation and would encourage anyone with information about the case to contact law enforcement. Woodward Avenue Baptist Church is committed to having a positive influence in the Shoals and beyond."

Muscle Shoals Police Chief Robert Evans spoke to the media on Thursday. He did not release the age of the child involved but did say the investigation is ongoing. He said that as it stands now, there was only one victim, however there is always the potential for there to be more.

"This just demonstrates once more that no particular area is immune from having to deal with these types of situations," Evans said. "We wish we didn't have to deal with any of them, we wish no one had to experience any of them, but unfortunately that's one of the things we have to deal with and it seems it's becoming more frequent."

Heavy hearts filled the church Wednesday, in the time immediately following word of Adcock's arrest. Senior Pastor, Dr. Will Rushing, said it is tough news to handle.

"It puts a stain on the entire organization," he said, adding that no one on the church's current leadership was on staff with Adcock during his tenure there.

With time, Rushing feels certain the church can move forward, but said it is important not to forget at the end of the day that there is still a victim trying to heal.

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