Florida pastor facing sexual abuse charges released on bond



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WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — A pastor and popular Christian radio show host in Florida has been released on bond as he faces charges he raped a child from his church numerous times over five years.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Rev. Bryan Fulwider was released Wednesday night after posting a $700,000 bond. Fulwider agreed to remain in the Orlando-area counties of Orange and Seminole. He is forbidden from having contact with the victim.

The 59-year-old pastor was arrested Oct. 2 after a young woman told investigators he began abusing her in 2014 when she was 14 and he was senior minister at the First Congregational Church of Winter Park.

Fulwider co-hosts "Friends Talking Faith," broadcasting weekly on WMFE.

Fulwider's attorney says his client denies the allegations. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Nov. 27.

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Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/

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