Beth Lynnette Allen, the wife of an East Prairie pastor charged with statutory sodomy and possession of child porn, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
Beth Lynnette Allen, 36, is charged with the endangering welfare of a child-1st Degree.
Her husband, Kenneth Neal Allen, 36, is charged with three counts of first degree statutory sodomy and possession of child pornography.
The East Prairie community says Kenneth Allen is the Pastor at Grace Apostolic Church.
According to the probable cause statement, Beth Allen is a state paid child care provider and knew about an instance when her husband allegedly inappropriately touched a male child and failed to report it.
Beth Allen said she was aware her husband would enter the bathroom, sometimes multiple times when boys were bathing and would sleep with the boys in their home, according to court documents.
Mothers of the alleged victims said Allen was like a neighborhood babysitter. They said kids would stay with him overnight while parents worked. The moms said since he was a pastor they trusted him. They say he helped the kids make Facebook pages.
One mom said she became suspicious when she went to pick her son up from Allen’s house, and her son came out only wearing boxers, a different pair than he was wearing when he left home, and covered in lotion.
Another mom says now, her son has talked about similar instances occurring years ago with Allen.
According to court documents, Allen admitted to having adult porn on his computer and sleeping in bed with boys in their boxers. Police took computers, a cell phone, and digital camera from Allen’s home.
Court documents claim Allen told police he looked up video on the internet to educate boys about circumcision.
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