CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A local pastor is behind bars for allegedly sexually abusing a young female family member over a period of several years.
Jonnie Franklin Winnell, 59, of Gypsum Lane in Elkview, is being held at South Central Regional Jail on a $20,000 property bond, according to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office.
Winnell was charged Friday with three counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian and/or a custodian.
Winnell is a pastor at United Gospel Mission on Charleston's West Side, according to WCHS-TV.
The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be forthcoming, Capt. Sean Crosier said.
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