Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pastor Steps Down Amid Allegations

Pennsylvania: A Lutheran pastor has resigned amid allegations he engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship.

Officials with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church said the Reverend Steven Belinski's resignation from the Grace Lutheran Church on South 11th Street will take effect Monday.

The church said a woman claims the incident happened when she sought Belinski's help in the early 1980s at Saint Paul's Lutheran Church in Allentown.

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Belinski told synod leaders he has no recollection of the incident, but felt it best for everyone involved to resign