A pastor who lives in Papillion has been charged with third-degree sexual assault of a child after he was accused of inappropriately touching a church member's daughter, according to authorities.

According to a felony arrest warrant issued in Sarpy County, Clifton J. Wells, 61, is accused of touching the 14-year-old Bellevue girl in July while driving her to pick up a job application at a sandwich shop.

Upon the girl’s return home, according to the warrant, she told her mother about the incident, and her mother called Child Protective Services, which took a report and advised her to contact law enforcement.

According to the warrant, Wells is a pastor at a small church called the Church of Jesus Christ, which the mother told authorities is not affiliated with Latter-day Saints.

Wells has been the church’s lead pastor for 26 years and is a retired firefighter with the Omaha Fire Department, according to the warrant.

A message to Wells wasn’t immediately returned.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1192, emily.nohr@owh.com

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