Former pastor arrested in Shreveport, accused of sex crimes against children

Published: Jan. 11, 2014 at 2:29 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2014 at 3:31 AM CST
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Rick Seaton, Sr., 73 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
Rick Seaton, Sr., 73 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The father of convicted rapist and former Shreveport Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Rick Seaton has been arrested in Shreveport and charged with sex crimes against children in Missouri.

Prosecutors there have filed 10 counts against 73-year-old Richard Seaton Sr., including statutory sodomy.

According to court records, Seaton was a pastor at Leeton United Methodist Church in Leeton, MO, at the time of the crimes in the late 1990s.

Shortly after he was questioned about the crimes, Seaton moved to Louisiana. According to Seaton's own family web site, he moved to Louisiana in 2009 to be closer to family.

Only KSLA News 12 when Seaton was brought in to Shreveport Police headquarters for questioning Friday evening before his arrest on a fugitive warrant out of Missouri.

"I don't know anything about any of these things," Seaton said afterward as he was being escorted to the jail.

Court documents detail the charges against Seaton Sr. He is charged with 1 count of first degree rape, 2 counts of sexual misconduct, and 7 counts of felony sodomy with children ranging in age between 8 and 17.

In one part of the documents it says Seaton is accused of "Pulling one of the children on top of his lap and then rubbing her back and forth by her hips."

How Seaton knew the children has not been disclosed.

We are told Seaton will be extradited to Missouri where he will face these charges.

If convicted, he could serve a minimum of 70 years in prison and the possibility of multiple life terms, plus fines of well over $30,000.

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