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.