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Associated Press

Ann Arbor– A man who was a Detroit-area youth minister has been cleared of charges that he fondled a teen girl on a train.

Blaine Faircloth Jr. was acquitted of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and other charges. The trial ended Wednesday in Washtenaw County court in Ann Arbor.

Faircloth says the allegations were false, and he’s thankful the jury exonerated him. The 34-year-old was accused of fondling a 14-year-old girl on a Chicago-to-Dearborn Amtrak train back in 2012.

He was accused of using his role as a youth pastor to coerce the girl while they returned from a mission trip to Thailand. The Ann Arbor News says Faircloth at the time worked at Riverview Church of God in Riverview.