Roy officials follow up on 5 leads on rape suspect Pastor Soulja

Nov 12 2010 - 11:33pm

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Aaron Witcher, also known as Pastor Soulja
Aaron Witcher, also known as Pastor Soulja

ROY -- Police are looking into several more leads in the investigation of possible sexual misconduct by a Roy pastor.

Chief Greg Whinham said since the publicized arrest of Aaron Witcher, 28, also known as Pastor Soulja, his department has received five more leads into possible victims.

"We've got five other pieces of information we are following up on," he said. "People have contacted us with information that is helpful to the case we've had."

Whinham emphasized these leads don't necessarily mean there are five new victims but that new information is being relayed to police.

"We're following up on leads that will either initiate a new investigation with new victims or help us with the current case," he said.

Whinham said with offices being closed Thursday for Veterans Day, many police employees took Friday off as well, so interviews have not yet been conducted. More complete information will most likely be available late next week, he said.

Witcher was charged Wednesday afternoon with eight counts of rape, a first-degree felony.

The pastor is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl who was a member of his Roy church, Crosswalk Christian Training Center.

According to a probable cause statement, Witcher confessed to Roy detectives to having the sexual relationship. The girl, who was 15 when the relationship started, said it was ongoing for nine months and included intercourse "at least 20 times," as well as other sexual acts, according to the affidavit.

Witcher said intercourse occurred "a dozen times," according to the affidavit, and detailed several locations where he had sex with the girl, including a storage unit in Roy, the Business Depot Ogden, in the victim's home and on the trunk of his car at Roy Municipal Park.

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