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DUNCAN, Okla. – A retired assistant pastor from Duncan, Okla. was arrested after he allegedly engaged in indecent acts with a 10-year-old.

Jody Hilliard, 71, was arrested and charged with two felony counts of lewd or indecent acts with a child, the Duncan Banner reports.

According to a police report, the 10-year-old girl told investigators Hilliard allegedly touched her private parts without clothes on and made her touch his genital area.

“Reverend Hilliard vehemently denies these horrible allegations, and we look forward to defending him in court,” Hilliard’s defense attorney, Ed Blau, told the Duncan Banner.

Hilliard served as assistant pastor for the First Baptist Church in Duncan for 26 years.

He was also a high school teacher and principal for 11 years in Elgin and Ninnekah, the Duncan Banner reports.

Hilliard was booked and released on a $50,000 bond.