Trial of former pastor could start this summer

ATOKA, TN (WMC) - A former Mid-South pastor who faces sexual abuse charges could go to trial this year.

Ronnie Gorton is accused of sexual battery of a victim under the age of 13, rape, sexual battery by an authority figure, enticing a child to buy alcohol, and sexual exploitation of a minor.

Gorton used to be pastor at Awakening Church in Atoka--the church is now closed and has a "For Lease" sign in front of it.

Gorton appeared before a judge March 12. Experts said his trial could begin as early as July.

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