Benton Harbor pastor, civil rights activist in jail for contempt of court

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - A well-known Benton Harbor pastor and civil rights activist is now in jail for contempt of court after violating a no contact order, according to the Berrien County Prosecutor's Office.

Pastor Carlton Lynch is being held at the Berrien County Jail on a 45-day sentence for contempt of court.

Lynch, the spiritual head of the Pilgrim's Rest Baptist Church, was originally charged with criminal sexual conduct and bribery after allegedly grabbing a woman's rear end and then offering her $20 to make the problem "go away," reports said.

Though a no contact order is in place, Pastor Lynch allegedly yelled at the victim in court in March.

He is due back in court in May for trial on his original charges.

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