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Lawyer Says Pastor Will Plead Guilty To Sex Charge

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A defense lawyer said a Memphis pastor is pleading guilty to sexual battery of a teenage girl and his church will shut down.

Attorney Art Horne said he and prosecutors have worked out a plea agreement for Michael Bryant, pastor at Hour of Restoration Church of God in Christ in Memphis.

Horne says Bryant is pleading guilty to sexual battery by an authority figure and the sentence will be six years.

According to a court document, Bryant had been accused of touching a 16-year-old girl inappropriately for the past two years.

Horne said Hour of Restoration COGIC, which has 27 members, will close as of December 31.

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