The pastor of Potter’s House in Albany was released from custody Tuesday afternoon after appearing in Benton Circuit Court on child abuse charges.
The pastor, David Lee Fink, 47, of North Albany was released on his own recognizance. His next court appearance is at 9 a.m. April 5.
He is represented by Corvallis attorney Karen Zorn.
Fink is charged with fourth-degree assault and first-degree criminal mistreatment in connection with an incident with his 13-year-old son.
Albany police Capt. Carter said Fink is alleged to have struck the child 10 times with a 16-inch-long wooden paddle wrapped in duct tape. The boy was hit at his home in the buttox, thighs and arm.
After allegedly hitting the child, Fink went to the Potter’s House at Second Avenue and Main Street, where police arrested him. Police found him there after another family member notified authorities.