The trial for a former Chester County, Pennsylvania, pastor accused raping and impregnating a teen girl was set to begin Monday.
Jacob Malone, of Chadds Ford, was in Ecuador as allegations came to light that he raped a girl while working at Calvary Fellowship Church in Downingtown, said police.
Malone, 34, has remained behind bars unable to post $500,000 bail on rape, institutional sexual assault, liquor to minors and other charges since he returned to the United States in January, according to
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The married father is accused in incidents that allegedly began in September 2014, when the girl was still 17, said West Whiteland Township Police.
"What he did is horrible," said pastor Bill Bateman at the time of Malone's arrest. "We're hurting over it, the church is hurting over it, we're hurting for his wife and kids, and, of course, the young lady."
Malone worked at Calvary Fellowship for about 18 months before he resigned in November, Bateman said. The teen later went to church leaders alleging that Malone had impregnated her, said Bateman.
The church made sure the teen -- who Malone first befriended out of state when the girl was just 12 or 13 years old -- was cared for and had a place to stay, said Bateman.