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Lincoln City pastor denied conditional release

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Mitchell Houston Conte, a Lincoln City pastor who was indicted on seven felony sex charges in June, was denied conditional release Monday by Judge Sheryl Bachart at the Lincoln County Courthouse.

Mitch Conte sex abuse Lincoln City
Mitchell Houston Conte

“Conte’s attorney made a motion for conditional release which the Judge denied,” Deputy District Attorney Christine Herrman said. “He will stay in custody with $200,000 bail.”

Thomas J Elliot
Attorney Thomas J Elliot

Bachart denied the motion made from Conte’s privately retained Tuallatin-based attorney, Thomas J. Elliot, at Monday’s pretrial release hearing.

According to court documents, Conte may appear via video while in custody and his attorney will appear by phone.

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Justin Werner is founder and publisher of Lincoln City Homepage and a journalist reporting news for the fine citizens of Lincoln City, Oregon and beyond. He's on a mission to seek out truth and isn't afraid to be the tip of the spear for freedom of the press. When he's not wearing his reporter hat, you can find him enjoying the Oregon Coast with his wife and three children.

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