State police arrested a youth pastor affiliated with a Canaan church Friday evening and charged him with sexual abuse of a young girl, according to Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety.

Detectives have charged Lucas Savage, 37, of Clinton, with unlawful sexual contact, McCausland said in a news release. Savage, the youth pastor of Youth Haven Ministry in Canaan, was arrested 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. Detectives do not know whether there are additional victims, and their investigation will remain open.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact state police in Augusta at 800-452-4664.

This story has been corrected to reflect Savage’s church affiliation.


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