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Fmr. Pastor May Be Released on Rape Charges

A Newburyport District Court judge says a former pastor charged with raping a child can be released if he posts bail.

The Daily News of Newburyport reports 65-year-old Russell Davis of Seabrook, New Hampshire, who pleaded not guilty, will be held on $5,000 bail following a dangerousness hearing.

The Essex County District Attorney's Office says Davis is charged with raping a child with force as well as indecent assault and battery for alleged assaults that happened in 2004.

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Davis will need to wear a GPS monitoring device, stay away from minors and live in Massachusetts if he makes bail before his May 16 court date.

Davis was a Methodist pastor serving Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine churches for the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church from 1999 to 2015.

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His attorney Nicholas Morris was not immediately available for comment.

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