An enraged father brutally beat a pastor after he caught him ‘inappropriately’ touching his 9-year-old son.
33-year-old Michael Coghill had been left with a black eye and a fractured skull after the incident at a school bus stop.
He was charged with indecent acts to a child and is now detained at Oklahoma City Detention Center after the furious father showed a video of the incident to officers.
According to News9, this was not the first time Coghill, a pastor at Lakehoma Church of Christ, interacted with the 9-year-old boy at the bus stop.
The child told his parents that he had seen the pastor jogging in the area many times and had touched him ‘inappropriately.’
Coghill did not live in the neighborhood near County Line Road and Southwest 33th Street, where the school bus stop is located.
The young boy’s furious father decided to take matters into his own hands. He went to the bus stop and waited for the pastor to appear and recorded the horrifying incident.
He then confronted Coghill and brutally beat him up, leaving the pastor with a cracked orbital socket and a fractured skull.
Sgt. Dillon Quirk said: “While he was watching the school bus stop, our suspect ran by him, ran past the bus stop where the children were waiting. Turned around, came back and stopped where he touched the child.”
Lakehoma Church of Christ released a statement condemning the cleric’s actions and said he has been ‘relieved from his duties.’
“We were heartbroken to learn of the incident involving one of our adult ministers, and our hearts go out to the child and family involved.,” the statement said. “We were shocked at this news as he had a clean background check, and we have received no reports or claims against him during his tenure. Church leadership has no tolerance for any type of abuse and is meeting tonight to discuss next steps. We will cooperate with authorities as needed.
“Our church leadership has no tolerance for any type of abuse. Safety is our highest priority for our community, congregation and especially our children. These past years we have made significant efforts to secure our children’s area providing the highest safety standards possible.”
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