Texarkana pastor accused of sexual assault arrested again


Texarkana pastor David Farren was arrested Friday on a sexual assault charge for the second time this month.

Farren, 41, was taken into custody Friday on a felony charge of second degree sexual assault and a misdemeanor charge of violation of mandatory reporting requirements. Farren was arrested Aug. 3 on three counts of felony first degree sexual assault for misconduct which allegedly occurred in 2013 when the girl was 16, according to an earlier press statement from Texarkana, Ark., police. The newest sexual assault charge involves a different alleged victim than the charges which led to Farren’s Aug. 4 arrest.

Farren currently serves as pastor of Anchor Church in Texarkana. Previously he worked as a youth director and pastor at Heritage Baptist Church, Trinity Baptist Church and Faith Church, according to statements made in court at a hearing Aug. 4.

Violation of mandatory reporting requirements involves the legal duty of people in certain professions, such as the clergy, medical professionals, and teachers to report to law enforcement any allegation of child abuse. If a mandatory reporter fails to disclose alleged child physical or sexual abuse whenever they become aware of its possible existence.

Farren is currently being held in the Miller County jail. Jail staff said they expect him to make an initial court appearance on the new charges Monday. At the time of his arrest Friday, Farren was free on a $25,000 bond.

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