CANAAN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine State Police have arrested the youth pastor of a youth ministry group and charged him with sexual abuse of a young girl.
Detectives have charged 37-year-old Lucas Savage of Clinton with unlawful sexual contact. Savage is the youth pastor of Youth Haven Ministry and was arrested Friday evening in Mercer and taken to the Kennebec County Jail.
Detectives said the abuse took place at Savage’s home on Mutton Lane in Clinton. State Police have been investigating the allegations for the past month.
According to members of the community, he and his wife were heavily involved, from church events to coaching youth soccer.
"It's a fantastic church. Just because there's one bad apple doesn't mean the apple cider is rotten. I'm still trying to understand because he was such a loving and caring gentleman," said one Canaan resident, whose children attend the church.
"When I found out she was under 5, it's plainly disgusting. Going through my head, I don't want anyone watching my son, ever. Only my mom. I'm scared now. The little girl knew him," said Denise Carrow, who used to live in Canaan.
Detectives do not know if there are additional victims and their investigation will remain open.
Anyone with information about the case should contact State Police in Augusta at 1-800-452-4664.