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By Jim Cornelius
News Editor 

Pastor arraigned on abuse charges


Last updated 2/7/2006 at Noon

Jeremy Shane Hall was arraigned in Deschutes County Circuit Court on Monday, February 6, on five counts of first-degree sex abuse and one count of unlawful sexual penetration in the second degree.

All counts involve a single minor victim, according to the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office.

The arraignment came after a grand jury handed up an indictment against the Sisters pastor on the listed charges. Hall has stepped down from the pulpit at Christ’s Church of New Beginnings. The church is now called Christ’s Church of Sisters.

Hall is scheduled to enter a plea on the charges on April 3.

After an earlier hearing, Hall’s attorney, John Halpern, told The Nugget that Hall denies the charges against him.

Hall was released from jail on $30,000 bond against $300,000 bail shortly after his December 23, 2005, arrest. Subsequently, the court added restrictions to conditions of his continued bail. He is not allowed to attend church or any other place where minors congregate and is not allowed to have contact with minors other than his children.

Hall is not to drink alcohol or frequent bars because, the District Attorney claims, he was intoxicated at the time the offenses of which he is accused allegedly occurred.

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