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Former Tulsa pastor pleads not guilty to lewdness charge

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A Baptist reverend pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charge that he offered to engage in oral sex with an undercover male police officer.

The Rev. Lonnie Latham, 60, formerly senior pastor at South Tulsa Baptist Church, agreed to return to Oklahoma County District Court on March 9, at which time a trial date may be set.

Latham was arrested Jan. 3 on a single misdemeanor count of offering to engage in an act of lewdness. He was released from jail on $500 bond the next day. He has said he was "set up" and that he was pastoring to police before his arrest.

After his arrest, Latham resigned from his church, the board of directors of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and the executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention.

If convicted, Latham would face up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.
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