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Man accused of inappropriately touching teen at MLK’s church 

A man is accused of “abusive sexual contact” after authorities say he inappropriately touched a girl who was visiting Ebenezer Baptist Church with her school. 

Herbert Boone Jr. was indicted Tuesday on accusations he “intentionally touched a 13-year-old’s inner thigh and buttocks,” according to a federal indictment. 

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The teenager was on a field trip with her middle school April 6 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site when Boone approached some of the students at the church entrance, according to an affidavit. 

“Within a few seconds of the students sitting down (in the church sanctuary), the educator heard the victim yell,” National Park Service officer Timothy A. Lopez wrote in the affidavit. 

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That’s when the student told one of the teachers that Boone had touched her on her thigh and buttocks several times. 

Boone left the sanctuary when the teacher confronted him. He was detained by Atlanta police later that night. 

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The American Civil Liberties Union calls this a win for all families.

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