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Oklahoma dad beats up pastor he accused of touching his son

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A father in Oklahoma brutally beat a local pastor after allegedly catching him in the act of inappropriately touching his 9-year-old son.

Michael Coghill, 33, was arrested Wednesday by Oklahoma police on a child sex complaint after the victim’s parents told cops they caught him in the act, according to News9 in Oklahoma City.

The child told his parents Coghill jogged by his bus stop several times and touched him in a way that made him feel uncomfortable.

So on Wednesday the boy’s father waited in his car to see if Coghill would return.

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“While he was watching the school bus stop, our suspect ran by him, ran past the bus stop where the children were waiting. Turned around, came back and stopped where he touched the child,” Sgt. Dillon Quirk with the Oklahoma City Police Department said.

Coghill was a pastor at Lakehoma Church of Christ in Oklahoma.
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The dad ran after Coghill and tackled him to the ground, reportedly fracturing his skull and cracking his left orbital socket.

Lakehoma Church of Christ released a statement condemning Coghill’s actions and saying he has been ‘relieved from his duties.’

Coghill’s profile has since been removed from the church’s website. 

“There’s hardly any words that are camera appropriate,” witness Lisa Ward said. “It’s just sickening.”

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Lisa Ward’s daughters wait at the same bus stop where a 9-year-old boy reported he was inappropriately touched by Coghill.

According to the police report, Coghill lives in a community nearby and residents said he is a minister at a church in Mustang.

“I just thought he was a runner in the neighborhood,” Ward said.  

“He knew the time he would be there every day,” Ward said. “That was the hardest part, the most disgusting part.”  

Police are asking if anyone else has information that could help the investigation to let them know.

“If we have more victims, we encourage them if they know something, say something. Come forward,” Quirk said.

The Lakehoma Church of Christ where Coghill was listed on the website as a minister, issued the following statement:

“We were heartbroken to learn of the incident involving one of our adult ministers, and our hearts go out to the child and family involved. We were shocked at this news as he had a clean background check, and we have received no reports or claims against him during his tenure. Church leadership has no tolerance for any type of abuse and is meeting tonight to discuss next steps. We will cooperate with authorities as needed.”

Coghill is currently being held in the Oklahoma County Detention Center on one complaint of lewd acts to a child.

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