Former Maine pastor charged with raping a child

65 year-old Russell Davis faced a judge for the first time Monday. (WGME)

BUXTON (WGME) – A former Maine pastor, arrested in Massachusetts, has been charged with raping a child.

Officials say it happened almost 15 years ago, but this is the first time he's faced a judge.

Methodist Church officials say Russell Davis was a pastor at a Buxton church during the same years that he allegedly raped and abused a small child in Massachusetts. Although he hasn't been accused of any such actions here, some say it's still concerning.

65 year-old Russell Davis faced a judge for the first time Monday.

Officials say Davis allegedly raped a child back in 2004 in two Massachusetts towns.

At the time, he was also a pastor in Maine, spending two years at Buxton United Methodist Church, as well as a church in Newfield.

Christine Buzelle lives across the street from the church, and says although it's been years since he's been there, it still hits close to home.

"I think that the law protects them a little bit too much, and doesn’t protect the children, and the children are what's important and need to be protected," Buzelle said.

The New England Conference of the United Methodist Church says they don't believe the victim was a member of any church he served, but they said in a statement:

"We are deeply distressed and saddened to learn of the serious charges filed against Russell Davis. We pray that all those affected by this difficult circumstance find healing."

Davis is currently out of $5,000 bail and must remain in Massachusetts and be monitored by GPS as part of that agreement.

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