The two Pastors from Tennessee were busted in an undercover sting operation for seeking s*x with an underage girl through an online advertisement.
Daily Mail reports that Pastors Jason Kennedy, 46, and Zubin Parakh, 32, were among 32 men and women arrested by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in an operation targeting human trafficking and prostitution after they answered an online ad to have have s*x with an underage prostitute, according to WVLT.
Kennedy, who was the children’s pastor for Grace Baptist Church, had agreed to pay $100 for 30 minutes with two girls, which included a 15-year-old, according to a police report obtained by the station.
Kennedy was charged with patronizing prostitution and a trafficking charge that could amount to 60 years in prison.
Parakh, who was a creative pastor at LifeHouse Church, was also charged with trafficking.
Kennedy was also fired from his position, according to the church, which released a statement saying his actions ‘were part of his life outside the church, and we have received no questions or concerns related to his conduct within the church or its ministries’.
The statement went on to say that the church had conducted a background check on him before he was hired a little over two years ago.
Kennedy, who was charged with felony trafficking because he sought out an underage girl, remained in Knox County jail Friday on $50,500 bond, according to KGW.