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Youth Minister Faces Child Rape Charges

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Tavaria Merritt Tavaria Merritt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A youth minister at a Wilson County church has been indicted on charges of raping three young children. 

A grand jury indicted Tavaria Merritt on Thursday of nine counts of rape of a child. 

Sheriff's department investigators said the 18-year-old served as a youth minister at True Vine Church in Lebanon. 

They said the charges stem from incidents involving three boys, two 11 year olds and one 10 year old. 

Detectives said Merritt gained the trust of the boys and their parents through his position at the church, and then assaulted them at his parents' home.

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