Pastor Who Allegedly Faked His Death Arrested on Child Sex Charges

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A former youth pastor accused of sexually assaulting a child in Texas was tracked down living in Montana six months after he allegedly faked his own death.

Kevin Othell Laferney is wanted in Upshur County, Texas, on four counts each of aggravated sexual assault of a child and bail jumping.

According to the U.S. Marshals Service, the 40-year-old faked his death in February and disappeared before he was scheduled to appear in court.

Authorities in Great Falls, Montana, Tuesday arrested Laferney without incident.

Laferney had been working as a painter and living in an apartment complex near a city park.

The Upshur County sheriff's office declined to comment Tuesday.

Texas media accounts of the sexual assault charges, which were filed in August 2006, say Laferney is a former youth minister at a church in the Gilmer area, about 100 miles east of Dallas.