Retired Pastor Charged With Sexual Abuse, Released From Jail

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A retired pastor and principal who police say is facing charges for sexually abusing a child has been released from a Stephens County Jail on $100,000 bail. 

71-year-old Jody Hilliard is charged with two counts of lewd or indecent acts to a child.

According to the Duncan Banner, Duncan Police began investigating Hilliard on March 11.

A few days later, they received an incident report out of Cole County, Missouri in which a 10-year-old girl told officers that Hilliard had touched her and made her touch him.

The girl said it happened during a stay with Hillard in June of 2015.

If convicted, he would face a minimum of 20 years in prison.

According to the Duncan Banner, Hilliard served as an assistant pastor for First Baptist Church in Duncan for 26 years, was a minister of education for three years at the Central Baptist Church in Lawton, and was a high school principal for several years in Elgin, Oklahoma.

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