Former Thailand missionary charged with child sex abuse goes on trial

by Editorial Staff, |
Emanuel Yarbrough | Source: Anniston PD

CALHOUN COUNTY, Ala. (Christian Examiner) - A former Fundamental Baptist missionary to Thailand is in court one year after he was arrested and charged with sexually abusing his 5-year-old daughter.

Emanuel Yarbrough, 34, is scheduled to go on trial this week, accused of three separate incidents involving a minor, WBRC reported: one at a home in Oxford, one at a hotel in Indiana, and one during a mission trip in Thailand.

An Internet search found a cache file that showed Yarbrough was a missionary with the Thailand Team for the Fundamental Baptist denomination which indicated he'd been on "deputation" status at the time of his arrest, a planned sabbatical that a missionary takes to go home and raise financial support for his service overseas. A list of family members on the page included his wife and three children under the age of eight. The Yarbroughs were married in 2006.

A current report from the Thailand team doesn't mention the Yarbroughs.  

While one report indicated Yarbrough was released from the Anniston City Jail on a $15,000 bond after his initial arrest in February 2014, a more recent report said he was currently being held in the Calhoun City Jail. 

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