Minister David A. Merritt Charged with Child Rape

Ordained minister (not practicing) David A. Merritt has been charged with eight counts of first-degree rape, two counts of unlawful sexual contact and one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child. The child involved was 12 when the abuse allegedly began in 2006.

Though Merritt was employed by a church at the time of arrest, he was a web designer and had no contact with church members, according to a church representative.