Mid-South preacher arrested for committing unholy crimes with minors

Minister in Trouble

(WMC-TV) - Police say Orlando Wallace admitted to having sex with a 15 year old and allowing her friend, another 15 year old, to film it.

The admission is a big blow to the 50 year olds neighbors and church community that know the suspect as a preacher.

"All I know is he likes to barbeque and go to church," said Larry Clay, one of Wallace's neighbors.

Wallace has frequently preached from the pulpit at Lakeview Community Temple Church of God and Christ.

The church's pastor, Jesse Lipford, said that Wallace only preached and didn't have a leadership role at the church.

Lipford says his church doesn't condone what their member is accused of doing with a minor.

Wallace's wife did not answer when Action News 5 knocked on her door.

Neighbors say they feel terrible for her getting caught up in such a sad situation.

"His wife is one of the nicest people around," said EJ Gill, another neighbor.

This isn't Wallace's first run-in with the law for sex crimes.

He's been charged twice with patronizing prostitutes and was also charged with shoplifting.

It is unclear how Wallace knew the 15 year old girls or how the victim's guardian found out about the relationship.

Wallace is also charged with sending nude photos and videos back and forth to the victim.

Wallace denied the charges, in front of a judge Monday morning.

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