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TEXARKANA -- A Texarkana pastor charged earlier this month with three counts of sexual assault involving a teen girl has been arrested a second time.


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David Wayne Farren, 41, was booked into the Miller County jail Friday on a charge of second-degree felony sexual assault and a misdemeanor charge of violation of mandatory reporting requirements, jail records show.

Farren previously was arrested Aug. 3 on three counts of first-degree sexual assault. Those charges stem from acts that Texarkana police said occurred in 2013 with a girl who was 16 while Farren was serving as her youth pastor.

The most recent sexual-assault charge involves a different victim.

Farren had been free on $25,000 bond before his arrest Friday. He was being held in the Miller County jail Saturday. Farren is expected to make an initial court appearance Monday on the new charges.

Farren serves as lead pastor of Anchor Church in Texarkana. During an Aug. 4 hearing in the Miller County Courthouse, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Connie Mitchell said Farren has worked as pastor and youth director at other Texarkana-area churches including Heritage Baptist Church, Trinity Baptist Church and Faith Church.

Members of the clergy, educators and medical personnel are considered mandatory reporters under the law, meaning that if they acquire knowledge that a child may have been sexually or physically abused, they are obligated to report it to authorities or face a criminal charge.

Farren is accused of violating the mandatory reporting law and faces up to a year in the county jail if convicted.

Second-degree sexual assault is punishable by five to 20 years in prison. First-degree sexual assault is punishable by six to 30 years in prison.

Farren's attorney, Texarkana lawyer Jason Horton, had asked on Aug. 4 for a gag order in the original case, citing media coverage of Farren's arrest and public comments made on online venues. Prosecutors opposed the motion.

Circuit Judge Brent Haltom of Texarkana agreed with the defense, instructing the prosecutor's office and law enforcement officials to obtain the court's permission before disseminating any details regarding the case. However, Haltom said the gag order in the Farren case only applied to the original three counts of first-degree sexual assault.

"If they make another arrest, nobody is gagged on that," Haltom said.

Haltom also said Farren could have contact with girls younger than 18 as long as another adult was present. The deputy prosecutor had asked that Farren have no contact with any girls younger than 18 except immediate family members.

"An individual has come forward, and there is an ongoing investigation as to other claims," Mitchell said during the Aug. 4 hearing. "We do believe there are additional victims that will come forward."

Metro on 08/14/2016

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  • RobertBolt
    August 14, 2016 at 7:39 a.m.

    Why should Christians report the abuse at all? As long as Christian pedophiles tell their invisible sky gods they are sorry and mean it at the time, Christian pedophiles are forgiven by the gods themselves for anything they want to do, except, of course, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which is so much more serious than molesting children. This automatic and secret forgiveness opens up a world of enabling possibilities for the many Christian pedophiles with their flocks of trusting children.

    "Suffer the little children to come unto me...." could more accurately read, "The children who come unto me suffer."

  • Nodmcm
    August 14, 2016 at 12:30 p.m.

    Its almost like no one goes into the business of being a youth pastor in a church unless they have the intention to "sex it up" with the kids. Does this tell us the Christians are as bad as the ISIS Muslims? Members of both religious groups rape little girls. Maybe its not as bad when a Baptist rapes a little girl, than when a Muslim does it. Aren't you getting fed up with all these Christian child molesters? Are we going to have to round up all the Christians, just to protect the children? If the Navy Seals came to your house and asked that all the Christians be sent outside, would you take a shot at those Navy Seals? Remember, they work for the black guy, President Obama.

  • BirdDogsRock
    August 14, 2016 at 8:04 p.m.

    The lord works in mysterious ways.

  • 3WorldState1
    August 15, 2016 at 9:59 a.m.

    That was funny.

  • Whippersnapper
    August 15, 2016 at 10 a.m.

    Yeah, there are at least as many public school teachers accused of similar behaviors. Let's hear you say that "Its almost like no one goes into the business of being a public school teacher unless they have the intention to "sex it up" with the kids," Nod. How about "Does this tell us the Public School Teachers are as bad as the ISIS Muslims? Members of both groups rape little boys and girls." "Aren't you getting fed up with all these educational professional child molesters?" "Are we going to have to round up all the teachers, just to protect the children?""
    Of course, you would never acknowledge this fatal flaw in your logic, but that's where it leads.

  • LR1955
    August 15, 2016 at 11:02 a.m.

    Boy oh boy Bolt & Nod, what are you you two on ? Or maybe you're not taking your meds. The above "intellectual spouting a" classify you 2 as among the most predudiced commenters on the ArDemGaz. On my list that is, just my opinion.

  • 3WorldState1
    August 15, 2016 at 11:08 a.m.

    Wow. Talk about no self awareness. The GOP are the least self-aware people...
    There's nothing left to say.

  • RobertBolt
    August 15, 2016 at 12:15 p.m.

    I am certainly very biased against pedophiles, LR1955, especially when they pretend to be godly men and women. Thanks for recognizing that.

  • RobertBolt
    August 15, 2016 at 12:16 p.m.

    By the way, my theology is correct, is it not?