Police: Ex-pastor to surrender on charges he raped teen girl

Police say an eastern Pennsylvania pastor wanted on charges he raped and impregnated a teen girl is out of the country but expected to return and surrender to police by week’s end.

West Whiteland Detective Scott Pezick tells LNP that an attorney representing 33-year-old Jacob Malone, of Exton, has been in touch with police.

Malone was charged last week with rape, institutional sexual assault and other crimes for incidents that allegedly began in September 2014, when the girl was still 17.

The Rev. Bill Bateman says Malone worked at Calvary Fellowship in Downingtown for about 18 months before he resigned in November. Bateman says that happened after church leaders learned the girl was pregnant, and about other allegations that Malone has an in appropriate relationship with another female in another state.

Police didn’t identify Malone’s attorney.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.