Preacher charged with indecent exposure to receive counseling

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Knoxville preacher charged with exposing himself to an undercover police officer will receive counseling but no jail time.

The Reverend Willie L. Jefferson was arrested in December during an undercover sting at Tyson Park. The arrest, one of 15, came as part of a crackdown on lewd behavior at the park.

Jefferson appeared in court last week on a charge of indecent exposure. He agreed to pay court costs and receive counseling in exchange for the dismissal of the indecent exposure charge. Jefferson has been pastor at Trinity Tabernacle Church of God in Christ for four years.

According to The Knoxville News Sentinel, his status at the church is uncertain, with some members wanting him to leave the pulpit.

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