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Former Henrietta pastor pleads not guilty to abuse charges

Paul Burress (right) and his wife Jill (left) walk into Henrietta Town Court Tuesday evening. Paul is accused on four counts of forcible touching. (WHAM photo)

Henrietta, N.Y. (WHAM) - The former Henrietta church pastor accused of forcible touching was in court Tuesday evening.

Paul Burress pleaded not guilty on four counts of forcible touching - all misdemeanors. The charges were brought against him by three separate women.

The allegations all involve incidents that took place in a hot tub at Burress' house. Some of them date back to July 2016.

Court paperwork states one victim says she felt "frozen" while the alleged abuse was taking place.

Burress was a pastor at Victory Baptist Church in Henrietta until this past June when he was dismissed. The circumstances surrounding his departure are not immediately clear.

In a statement released Tuesday morning, the church responded to the allegations against Burress:

"We are aware of allegations and an arrest against a former pastor. We do not have the conclusion of that investigation and will cooperate with local authorities. We ask everyone to please join us in prayer at this time."

Orders of protection were issued for all three alleged victims in the case.

Burress is scheduled to be back in court on October 26.

Monroe County ADA Elizabeth Buckley said if there are any other victims out there, they should call 911 to report what happened.

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