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New details emerge in police investigation of Washington pastor

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WASHINGTON (Heart of Illinois ABC) -- New details are emerging after a pastor of a Washington church was placed on leave last month -- accused of sexual misconduct.

Heart of Illinois ABC spoke with a victim accusing Pastor Thomas Heren of that sexual misconduct.

A police report details similar allegations from no less than five women -- ranging in age from 42-58.

The women claim Heren had his zipper down and exposed himself to each of them at Our Savior Lutheran Church at some point in the last 2-5 years.

Heart of Illinois ABC spoke with a leader from the church who said they haven't received any complaints, but Heren is on leave pending the outcome of the police investigation.

"The church at large and in the district has a policy of zero tolerance for anyone who is guilty of sexual misconduct," said Rev. Mark Miller, President of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.

The police report also states that Heren told investigators he was surprised by the allegations -- and that he denied exposing himself to anyone at the church.

Washington Police Chief Mike McCoy says the case has been sent to the state's attorneys office which will decide whether to file charges.

The report also says police interviewed several other people in this case.

Some said they believe the allegations -- describing Pastor Heren as a bully.

Others have said they do not believe them -- saying he behaved professionally.

India Afriyie

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