Minister suffers skull fracture when bystander tackles him after seeing preacher touching kids: report

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Sep. 24 2021, Published 4:47 p.m. ET

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A minister has been arrested after he allegedly touched a child inappropriately at a bus stop and was tackled by a bystander who wanted to stop the assault, according to a report.

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Michael Coghill, 33, was charged for lewd acts to a child, according to KFOR. Coghill allegedly worked as a minister in Oklahoma, according to the report.

According to the police report obtained by KFOR, a 9-year-old victim reported that a “guy touched him on the back and he didn’t like the way it made him feel.”

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The report also says the person would stop at the bus stop while jogging, and it’s happened more than once.

The report says Coghill looked at his watch as though waiting for the kids to arrive, according to KFOR.

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“Yesterday, our adult that was made aware of the situation, actually stopped, retrieved a recording device, monitored at the bus stop, observed and viewed the suspect run past the bus stop, stop, come back, and then touch the juvenile,” Sgt. Dillon Quirk with Oklahoma City Police told KFOR.

Police said that someone who reported Coghill confronted him at the bus stop and tackled him, according to police. The suspect suffered a skull fracture and a cracked eye socket in the tussle.

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Coghill currently works as a minister at Lakehoma Church of Christ in Mustang, Oklahoma. The church released a statement that read:

“We were heartbroken to learn of the incident this morning involving one of our adult ministers, and our hearts go out to the child and family involved. We were shocked at this news as he had a clean background check, and we have received no reports or claims against him during his tenure. Church leadership has no tolerance for any type of abuse and is meeting tonight to discuss next steps. We will cooperate with authorities as needed.”


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