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Pastor On Trial For Felony Theft from Parish Member

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HAMILTON -

The trial of a Hamilton pastor accused of stealing $150,000 from a church member, continues Tuesday with witnesses taking the stand.

Harris Himes is defending himself against multiple felony charges including theft and fraudulent practices.

According to court documents, Himes and another pastor at the Big Sky Christian Center were approached by a member of their congregation who had just inherited a large sum of money and wanted to invest it into an organization supporting ministry work.

Himes allegedly encouraged the man to give him the $150,000 to invest into a factory in Mexico, which the man says he later found out didn't exist.

Himes says he believes the state is choosing to prosecute this case due to his conservative  Christian beliefs.

"I still think that this case is a spiritual battle. And, I think the Lord will be glorified whether I am convicted or acquitted," Himes said outside the Ravalli County District Court in Hamilton.

The trial, being prosecuted by Ravalli Co. Attorneys Jesse Laslovich and Brett O'Neil, is expected to run the course of the week.

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