Former Columbia Minister Charged with Sexual Assault
An investigation led officers to Lopez, a former Columbia minister who recently moved to a Monett area church in Lawrence County.
On Saturday, authorities charged him with statutory sodomy and statutory rape. Columbia police investigators were in Monett on Monday to take Lopez into custody. Authorities continue to investigate and may file more charges.
Lopez was the minister of Iglesia Metodista Unida Horeb, a bilingual church that held services in a small chapel at Missouri United Methodist Church.