East Tenn. youth pastor accused of having relationship with minor

Ryan Mathews

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – An east Tennessee youth pastor is being charged with sexual battery after having an inappropriate relationship with a minor, according to Lawrence County police.

Ryan Mathews, 36, of Ethridge, Tennessee, was arrested June 24. He was the youth and song leader at Freedom Hill Bible Methodist Church.

Police say Mathews was at a church camp in Knoxville when authorities were informed of his inappropriate behavior with a minor.

Investigators are expecting more charges for Mathews by the end of the investigation.

Mathews is being held in the Lawrence County Detention Center. His bond was set at $500,000.

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