Everett pastor arrested in teen sex sting resigns

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - An Everett pastor arrested in a Seattle vice sting has resigned.

The lead pastor of Everett's First Baptist Church, Brian Harpell, said Thursday that associate pastor John K. Lawlor turned in his resignation. Harpell says the church is cooperating with the investigation and praying for all parties involved.

Seattle police arrested Lawlor Tuesday night after he responded to a phony ad placed by a detective. Lawlor allegedly agreed to pay $200 for sex with the 16-year-old.

The Daily Herald reports Lawlor was charged Thursday with commercial sex abuse of a minor. He was released from jail after posting bond on $50,000 bail. He'll be arraigned March 7.