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Woman: St. George pastor admitted to crime

ST. GEORGE, SC (WCSC) -

By Anthony Miller  bio | email | Twitter

ST. GEORGE, SC (WCSC) - For one St. George woman there is no question pastor Delbert Thigpen is guilty of a lewd act on a minor.

"He said I did, I touched her and I'm sorry," said the woman who asked not to be identified.

She said she confronted Thigpen last Saturday, minutes after a young girl said he touched her inappropriately.

She also said the pastor of the St. George Pentecostal Holiness church confessed on the spot.

"I said 'you need to ask God to forgive you' and he just cried and cried," she said.

The St. George Pentecostal Holiness Church is a small church off the beaten path in the Dorchester County town of St. George.

Not a stones throw away, right next door is where investigators say that lewd act took place.

Investigators say Thigpen asked two teenage girls to come into his house to help him clean.

According to reports, one of the girls did the dishes then Thigpen apparently asked for a massage.

" 'After she massaged my back I figured I would massage her back.' He told me that," she said.

Investigators said Thigpen admitted he touched the girl. He was arrested Saturday and released on bond Sunday. 

While his name is still featured prominently on the sign in front of the church you won't see him there on Sundays.

Larry Jones, the Orangeburg district elder for the Pentecostal Church said Thigpen has been suspended until the case is resolved.

The woman who confronted Thigpen said his conduct is unacceptable.

"I was kind of upset because I have four daughters myself and there is no excuse for that," she said.

Several members of the St. George Pentecostal Holiness Church were at the church Wednesday night. 

Every one of them said they were shocked by this story and said this is out of character for Thigpen.

One woman said despite his apparent confession he is innocent until proven guilty.

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