SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - An associate minister at a Smithfield church has been arrested on charges of sex crimes against a child.
Travis Lashon McQuillia, 33, of Suffolk was arrested Friday by Suffolk Police on two counts of abduction, two counts of indecent liberties with a child by a custodian, and three counts of sexual assault, according to Diana Klink with the City of Suffolk.
Klink said McQuillia's charges were related to incidents that occurred between 2009 and 2012 in Suffolk with a female victim he knew, who was between 13 and 17 years of age.
WAVY News' Ava Hurdle spoke with Elder Kirt Townsend, the pastor of Pentecostal Holiness Church in Smithfield where McQuillia was an associate minister for several years. Townsend said he'd known McQuillia for six years.
"Everybody's shocked anytime you hear something like this. It's a tragedy for everybody, but we are a loving church. We are supportive of the family," Townsend said. "You're innocent until proven guilty. We're not going to kick nobody to the curb. We'll continue to show love."
Court paperwork states the criminal complaint was made by the victim.
McQuillia is currently being held at the Western Tidewater Regional Jail without bond. He declined our request for an interview.
Stay with WAVY.com for more on this developing story.
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