Jackson County pastor wanted for soliciting minor, State Police say


West Virginia State Police say a Jackson County pastor is wanted for soliciting a minor using an electronic device.


On April 19, troopers in Jackson County received a complaint about possible unethical behavior by Douglass Harper, 39, of Gandeeville, who is the pastor of the Living Water Church in Ripley.


Troopers discovered that Harper had sent text messages to a 15-year-old boy that were sexual in nature, according to a release from State Police.


According to the release, the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office ruled these text messages classify has soliciting a minor by an electronic device and a felony arrest warrant was issued for Harper.


Anyone with information on Harper’s whereabout should call State Police.


The release said a second man was arrested after the prosecuting attorney’s office said he interfered with the investigation.

Daniella Hankey

Daniella Hankey joined Newswatch as a Reporter. Armed with a major in Communications and Media Studies and a minor in Education, Daniella relocated to southern West Virginia from Florida to further pursue her career. During her time at Stetson, she covered several big stories on and off campus including the June 2016 Pulse Night Club shooting and Hurricane Matthew. She worked as a news anchor and reporter for her college news station and enjoyed an internship in productions at PBS. Her love for journalism started in high school when she was selected as a Bright House Varsity Reporter as well as the school anchor. Daniella was born and raised in Orlando and is a proud Floridian. Her current interests include enjoying everything West Virginia has to offer, from outdoor adventures to the beautiful mountains and scenery. As a multi-trained journalist, Daniella is always prepared to cover the stories that matter to our viewers and help to keep her newly adopted community informed. If you have any story ideas or news tips, please email Daniella at

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