KINGSTON (WATE) - A father and son were arrested in Roane County Wednesday, charged with sexually abusing and raping two girls ages 14 and 17.
George William Miles Sr., 72, is charged with six counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, while George William Miles Jr., 49, is charged with six counts aggravated statutory rape.
Police say the elder Miles is accused of abusing the 14-year-old, while the younger Miles is accused of abusing the 17-year old.
According to a police report, the younger girl told her youth pastor on June 29 that she and her sister had been sexually abused by their stepfather, George Miles Sr., for three years.
She said Miles told the girls it was ungodly if they did not allow him to do so.
The girl told the pastor she had been raped several times and showed him video of Miles fondling both girls.
Their youth pastor tells 6 News he was approached by the girls in June, he thinks it was a lesson he taught weeks prior about not letting your past be future that pushed them to reach out for help.
Anthony Hamby has been a youth pastor in Roane County for several years now. "I'm always telling them that they can always come to me God is not going to judge you for something someone else did," said Hamby.
It's that trust that allowed two girls in his youth group to approach him with their problem, saying they were being sexually abused for the last three years.
"I believed her from the beginning but to actually see it was shocking. It shocked me and I knew at that moment I had to take action," added Hamby.
An investigator with the Roane County Sheriff's Department was contacted and that day Hamby says he used scripture as a way for the teens to cope.
"I told them at that moment scripture says 'Be strong in God. Be strong in the Lord.' The power of His might, don't lean on your own understanding you have got to trust in Him with this," he said.
Hamby says he was simply doing what he felt was necessary to protect the girls now and in the future, "I said you guys are going to have a better life now. You don't have to live in fear anymore and God is going to direct your path and you have a bright future ahead of you."
We're told both girls are doing much better and they're still taking part in youth activities at the church.
The following day, the 17-year-old told two church officials that her stepfather's son, George Miles Jr., had sexually abused her for a period of about a year and a half.
Both men were arrested Wednesday after being indicted by a grand jury.
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