Monroe Co. pastor arrested in Kentucky undercover operation

Michael Cruse was arrested during an undercover sex sting operation in Kentucky.

Posted: Nov. 1, 2017 11:40 AM

DANVILLE, KY. (WTVA) - A pastor from Monroe County is accused of traveling to another state to meet a teenager for sex.

Michael Shane Cruse, 46, of Columbus, was arrested Saturday, October 28 in Danville, Kentucky.

Officers say Cruse started an online chat with a 16-year-old teen, then arranged to meet and have sex with the boy.

This was part of an online undercover operation conducted by the Boyle County Sheriff's Office in Kentucky.

However, WTVA is told the "teen" was actually an undercover detective.

According to court documents, Cruse knew the age of the detective when he agreed to have sex. It says the two decided to meet at a movie theater where he was arrested.

Cruse's Facebook page describes him as a pastor and founder at Restoration Life Church in Hamilton, Miss.

He also owns and operates Cattleman's Steak and Fish restaurant in Columbus.

He is charged with the unlawful transaction with a minor-1st degree-illegal sex act, victim under 18 years of age and/or prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure sex from a minor.

He is currently out on a $20,000 bond.

In total, the undercover operation landed 8 people behind bars in Kentucky.

WLEX-TV in Kentucky reports Cruse was in Kentucky performing in a singing competition at a church. After winning the competition Saturday morning, the TV station reports Cruse was supposed to return and sing in the grand finale that night.

However, due to his arrest, he never showed up.

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