(Seguin) -- A San Antonio pastor who lives in Seguin has been indicted on charges of prohibited sexual conduct.
A Guadalupe County Grand Jury handed down the indictment earlier this month against Rev. Rodney Carter, 40.
Carter is the pastor of Palestine Baptist Church in San Antonio. District Attorney Heather McMinn tells the Seguin Daily News that Carter faces two counts of engaging in sexual conduct with his step-daughter.
"He's been indicted for the third degree felony. It's prohibited sexual conduct and what that is, is that there are people due to their relationship with the family, that are unable to have sex with each other. They're prohibited from being married and they're prohibited from having sexual relations. Now a step child, even an adopted child is the same as a child that you would have naturally and so they would fall under that prohibited sexual conduct," said McMinn.
Court documents indicate that the incidents occurred in August and October 2013.
McMinn says the Texas Penal Code clearly prohibits this type of activity between individuals in these particular relationships.
"It doesn't matter what age you are for the prohibited sexual conduct. The allegations alleged that she was actually 17 to 18 years of age when these offenses happened. Unfortunately, he was in a position where he was her father," said McMinn. "It's very sad and especially the family Ė itís supposed to be the unit where parents are supposed to protect their children and this is one of those cases where the relationship is just such at a perverse level that this child has really been victimized by her step father."
McMinn says such conduct has clearly surprised individuals especially those who belong to Carter's congregation. Statements made to the Seguin Daily News indicate that families are hurt by his actions and feel misguided by his leadership.
"Any time that you have somebody whose been a leader in the community whether it's just religiously or any other type of leadership position --where they had influences over other onesí lives, it does feel like a betrayal to the community, to their families, to everyone when offenses like this come to light. It's unfortunate because he was in the position of leadership in this community," said McMinn.
McMinn states that although the offense of prohibited sexual conduct is unique in this community, it is still reported at least four or five times a year in Guadalupe County.
In addition to the indictment in Guadalupe County, McMinn states that Carter has a history of domestic violence.
"Itís my understanding he has assault family violence charges pending. Apparently after the outcry came out, he assaulted his wife. There's some allegations of a history of family violence with the family in another county," said McMinn.
Carter is scheduled to be arraigned on June 30. McMinn says if found guilty, Carter faces anywhere from two to 20 years in prison.