Pastor Arrested For Spending $60,000 Of Church Money On Dating Sites

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A married priest in the US has been arrested for allegedly stealing over $60,000 from his church and spending it on gay hookup sites.

Boyd Watson Holder Jr. has been a pastor of the Victory Apostolic Church in Kingsport, Tennessee since 2010.

However the married pastor was reported in February by some of his congregation, who said they noticed around $70,000 to $100,000 missing from the church funds.

They brought their concerns to the police in February, as Holder was the only person with access to the account.

After launching an investigation, he was arrested last Thursday and detectives charged the 44-year-old for $60,000 of theft and money laundering.

In the court documents, online dating companies Online Buddies – who own Manhunt and Dandy – and Farmers Only were both named.

It is believed Holder used some of the church money to buy subscriptions for these sites.

Reporters from a local TV channel also discovered a dating profile the pastor created, which said: “I am a regular guy looking to try something new. Looking for a regular nice guy to get with and see where it goes.”

In December 2014, Holder was also questioned by police after they found him in a church van engaging in sexual acts with another man.

Holder is currently in custody, and has bail set at $35,000.