Details Emerge On Undercover Sting Operation

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – New details have been released in an online undercover sting in Kentucky over the weekend that led to the arrest of a local pastor.

Boyle County Deputies say eight adults were arrested as deputies went undercover using a popular dating app, they say is being used to solicit minors for sex.

Those charged range from a man from Texas and 46-year-old Michael Shane Cruse of Columbus.

Cruse is also the pastor and founder of Restoration Life Church in Hamilton, according to his Facebook page.

The video above shows a look at where Boyle County, Kentucky.

Deputies say two of the individuals arrested are repeat offenders and have faced similar charges.

Cruse is out of jail on a $20,000 bond.


The arrest of local pastor and Columbus resident, Michael Shane Cruse leaves unanswered questions for his congregation.

WCBI went to Cruse’s apartment to try and get some answers, but no one was home.

He is charged with unlawful transaction with a minor in the first degree.

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