Ouachita church youth leader accused of sexual battery

Zane Poole | Photo: OPSO
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OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - A Ouachita Parish youth pastor was dismissed and barred from a youth group after being accused of inappropriate behavior with a young girl.

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According to court records, Zane Poole was arrested in early February 2018. The records state that he is accused of having inappropriate contact with a 12-year-old in 2015 when the girl was a member of the First United Methodist Church youth group. Poole is alleged to have been around 18 years old at the time. The girl eventually told her parents.

Among the things Poole is accused of doing are: asking the victim to send him nude photos and videos, kissing her and fondling her in a stairwell at the church, asking her to perform oral sex (to which she refused) and engage in vaginal sex with him (to which she also refused.)

Investigators say Poole has only admitted to inappropriately touching the girl while on a mission trip. He's charged with sexual battery and indecent behavior with a juvenile.

This story has been updated to clarify the accused's current age and his age at the time of the alleged incidents.