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The pastor of a Warsaw church was jailed Friday on allegations he had sex with a 14-year-old girl with physical and mental disabilities, according to the Warsaw Police Department.

Robert Haywood, 77, was arrested at his Warsaw home early Friday. He was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on a charge of sexual battery and two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.

Police said Haywood, pastor of Harvest Time Ministries Church, touched the girl sexually in mid-June in the basement of the church at 4934 E. Pierceton Road. In late June, he fondled the girl and had sex with her in a vehicle in a wooded area in Warsaw, police said.

Warsaw detectives started investigating the case in July. The girl’s “significant” disabilities enhanced the charges against Haywood, police said.

Haywood posted a $10,000 bond to be released from jail. Phone messages left at his home and the church were not returned Friday.