Megachurch pastor dismissed amid allegations of misconduct

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington megachurch pastor, who was dismissed last week after a complaint of physical misconduct, is facing an additional complaint of sexual misconduct.

The News Tribune reports Tacoma pastor Dean Curry stepped down as leader of Life Center Tacoma in response to a complaint of physical misconduct with an ex-employee.

A former church board member filed formal complaints this week with federal and state agencies, alleging prior instances of sexual misconduct by Curry with female church employees and congregation members.

Curry denies the accusation and says he has been “falsely and wrongly accused” of actions that would amount to adultery. He denies being unfaithful to his wife, Anne. He is appealing his dismissal to the national Assemblies of God organization, a confidential process expected to take months.