AUBURN — A Gwinnett County pastor faces charges of child molestation that stem from his relationship with a young girl several years ago, authorities said Wednesday.
Henry Ellis Lackey, 59, of Auburn, is charged with one count each of enticing a child for indecent purposes, child molestation and aggravated sodomy. He was arrested Tuesday by Auburn police and remains at the Barrow County Detention Center without bond.
Lackey serves as a pastor at the Free Will Pentecostal Church in Buford, said Auburn police spokeswoman Sgt. Diana Campbell. He recently retired after nearly two decades in maintenance with Gwinnett County Public Schools.
Lackey is accused of molesting a pre-teen girl who lived in his Auburn neighborhood about four years ago. Friends of the girl noticed “something just didn’t seem right” and advised her to come forward recently, Campbell said.
The alleged victim made an outcry to her parents, who reported the incident to Auburn police Sept. 6. Neither the victim nor the family are associated with the church, Campbell said.
Charges were brought after the Auburn police criminal investigations division looked into the allegations, Campbell said.
Lackey retired from Gwinnett County Public Schools on Sept. 1 as a grounds foreman in charge of maintenance. He’d been employed with the school system since 1994, said spokesman Jorge Quintana.
Campbell said Lackey is scheduled for a first-appearance hearing today.