East Tenn. pastor subject of sexual abuse allegations

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An east Tennessee pastor has been the subject of an investigation into sexual abuse allegations. Frank Noe of Claiborne County, Tennessee, was charged with five counts of rape in 2020, but those charges were dismissed because they were filed after a statute of limitations expired.

Noe, who pastors a Kentucky Baptist Convention-affiliated church, was accused by his adult son. Asher Noe told Knoxville television station WBIR that multiple rapes began when he was 5 years old, naming his father as the perpetrator.

The allegations were reported to the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department, and detectives sent their findings to Assistant District Attorney Graham Wilson. As a result, Frank Noe was arrested in October 2020.

However, charges were dismissed because state law allows for charges and convictions to apply no longer than 15 years after an offense is committed.

The Knoxville station reported that it contacted Frank Noe, who refuted the allegations. Noe has made no further comments.

KBC will follow the developments in this case and take appropriate action, depending on what further information is learned, according to Todd Gray, executive director-treasurer. No one from Noe’s current church has reported any allegations of inappropriate conduct.

KBC officials pointed out anyone who has been subjected to sexual abuse should report it to authorities. Also, individuals charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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