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Ex-Indiana pastor, wife facing sex charges

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Friday, February 28, 2014 - 4:35 pm

MARTINSVILLE — A former central Indiana pastor and his wife face sexual misconduct and several other charges stemming from their alleged involvement with a minor.

Forty-three-year-old Jonathan Harness of Morgantown appeared Thursday for an initial hearing in Morgan Superior Court on charges of sexual misconduct with a minor, sexual battery, criminal deviate conduct, neglect and intimidation.

The Herald-Times reports that Harness was formerly the pastor of Abundant Life Fellowship church in Morgantown, but the church has been disbanded.

Harness' 44-year-old wife, Buffy Harness, faces charges of sexual misconduct with a minor, criminal deviate conduct, sexual battery and neglect. Her initial hearing was held Wednesday, a day after the couple was taken into custody at a Columbus motel.

A judge ordered the couple both held on $100,000 surety bonds.