UPDATE:: Traverse City pastor heading to trial on sexual assault chargesA Traverse City pastor was arrested after a Michigan State Police investigation into sex and drug crimes.
A pastor of a church in northern Michigan who is facing charges after five men accused him of sexual assault is heading to trial on charges tied to two of the accusers.
The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports four charges were dropped before the case was sent this week to trial court.Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Noelle Moeggenberg says Christopher Cox is scheduled to appear June 28 on charges including first-degree criminal sexual conduct, methamphetamine possession and child pornography.
Christopher Cox, 41, is the pastor at Long Lake Church in Traverse City, according to the church's website.
According to investigators, on March 14, a 19-year-old man reported that Cox had drugged him before sexually assaulting him at his business office in Garfield Township.
The alleged victim said Cox had contacted him on Facebook and lured him to his office with a promise of crystal meth.
According to police, there is no current evidence that his work at the church was involved in these incidents, but investigators believe his influence as a pastor may have played a role.
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