BEDFORD, PA — Authorities in western Pennsylvania say an evangelist from Lexington has been arrested and charged with assaulting an 11-year-old girl a few years ago. State police in Bedford County say the Rev. Walter Donald Bradshaw was arrested Tuesday at his home in Lexington. He is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail pending extradition to Pennsylvania. He is charged with rape, rape of a child, and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child. Police say 61-year-old Bradshaw was a traveling evangelist and met the family at a revival four years ago.
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