New charges filed against Marshall Co. pastor in prostitution sting

Published: Sep. 5, 2017 at 5:51 PM EDT
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A Marshall County pastor now faces even more charges after being arrested in a prostitution sting.

Prosecutors have filed two additional charges against 68-year-old James Irwin:

- Dealing in a schedule II controlled substance, a level 6 felony

- Promoting prostitution, a level 5 felony

Those charges are in addition to five charges that had already been filed:

- Dealing in a schedule II controlled substance

- Promoting prostitution

- Dealing in a substance represented to be a controlled substance

- Promoting prostitution

- Attempted promoting prostitution

On 8/3/2017 Informant A asked Irwin “What do I have to do to get a room?” Irwin reportedly responded “Just lay there in front of me naked.”

On 8/9/2017 Informant B was given $50 from Irwin to give to an undercover officer for a controlled substance. He said “That’s your $50, it’s not mine, you’re buying, I know nothing about it.”

On 8/17/17 Informant C was given “two white oval pills later identified as a schedule II narcotic drug as a payment for a sexual act to occur the following week.”

Irwin was the director of "Care and Share Ministries," a non-profit aimed at helping provide emergency shelter for families in crisis.

Last week, the ministry said it was putting all its operations on hold for the rest of the calendar year while the investigation is underway.