Bond was reduced Friday afternoon for Ronnie Gorton, the former pastor accused of molesting two teenagers.

Charged in a 47-count indictment earlier this month, Gorton’s bond was originally set at half a million dollars.

At Gorton’s request, Judge Joe Walker III reduced his bond to $100,000.

Source: Tipton County Sheriffs Office

Gorton was arrested March 6 and charged with five counts of aggravated sexual battery, 17 counts of sexual battery by an authority figure, two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child (Child Protection Act), 16 counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, two counts of exploitation of a minor by electronic means, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, two counts of purchasing alcohol for a child and one count of rape.

He is the former lead pastor at The Awakening Church in Munford, which closed its doors for unknown reasons before the accusations were made. Prior to that, he had been employed as a youth pastor at River of Life Church.
Gorton made bond, but will remain in jail until Monday when he receives an ankle monitor.
He is due to report back to court for a status hearing on June 15.
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