Minister, wife face child molest charges

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MORGANTOWN, Ind. (WISH) – A Morgan County minister and his wife were arrested and charged with multiple felony counts of child molestation.

43-year-old Reverend Jonathan Harness and his 44-year-old wife, Buffy, were arrested in Columbus Tuesday, following a five hour search of their home. Details surrounding the arrest are not yet known.

24-Hour News 8′s newsgathering partner the Columbus Republic reports, the minister was charged with four counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, two counts of criminal deviant conduct, two counts of intimidation, neglect of a dependent and sexual battery.

A sergeant from the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department spotted the couple sitting in their parked vehicle outside the Clarion Hotel on Jonathan Moore Pike near I-65 Tuesday night. Harness was then taken into custody.

The two children were found unharmed inside a motel room a short time later.

The couple is now being held without bond.

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