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Fort Worth pastor arrested in sex assault

FORT WORTH — The 31-year-old pastor of a southwest Fort Worth church was arrested Wednesday on accusations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in his church.

Jay Robinson, pastor of the Southwood Baptist Church, surrendered at the Tarrant County Jail Wednesday evening, jail officials said. Bail was set at $20,000.

The girl, who is now 18, told police that she and Robinson began a relationship when she was 16 that started with kissing and led to sexual touching. When she turned 17, they began having intercourse, she told police.

The sexual encounters took place at the church and at Robinson's home after he picked her up from school, she told investigators.

Robinson has been pastor of the church at 2633 Altamesa Blvd since October 2006, according to the church's Web site. About 450 people attend Sunday services, according to the Web site.

The Fort Worth Police Department's crimes against children unit began investigating the case in March after the girl's father called police.