The allegations against Russell were outlined in an article in today's Joplin Globe:
Russell’s accuser says he had her disrobe in front of him in a church office after services on a Sunday under the pretense that it would help her get “closer to God,” according to authorities. He then allegedly photographed her while she was naked.
The alleged victim says Russell later began forcing oral sex and sexual intercourse on her, usually on Sunday afternoons after services, according to authorities.
“He’s a self-proclaimed pastor,” Sheriff Ken Copeland told the Globe. “He’s not affiliated with any denomination as far as we can tell. But they all call him pastor, and he claims to be a pastor.”
The sheriff said deputies confiscated a computer from the office of Garages and More, a business Russell operates on the property that specializes in construction of metal buildings. The business and the Acts II Church are housed in separate metal buildings behind Russell’s home and four-car garage.
Deputies also seized nude photographs of the woman, allegedly taken when she was a minor. The photographs were found in an office of the church, Copeland said.
Russell is free after posting a $250,000 bond.