Pastor Charged With Sexual Crimes Makes First Court Appearance

A former children

Sonny Layman

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A former children's pastor accused of a sexual crime with a child made his first court appearance Monday morning.

Sheriff's deputies arrested Leonard "Sonny" Layman this weekend and charged him with seven felonies, including five counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

As of last Wednesday, Layman is no longer with the church.

According to members of the Spring Creek Church of the Nazarene in Bridgewater, where Layman was a pastor, an announcement was made at services Sunday morning abut his arrest.

Layman's preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 11 and he is currently being held without bond at the Rockingham Harrisonburg Regional Jail. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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