TOWANDA, PA (WENY) - The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office announced charges against a former Bradford County Youth pastor accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old church member in the late 90's.

According to court documents, 52-year-old Robert Fenton was a youth pastor at Abide in the Vine church in Owego. His alleged victim, now in her 40s, reported to the Pennsylvania State Police that Fenton began sexually abusing her starting when she was about 14 years old and Fenton was 26.

“The defendant used his power and authority in his religious community to lie, manipulate and regularly abuse a young girl in his community. I promised we would hold anyone who was abusing children accountable – and Robert Fenton is no exception,” said Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro. “Survivors experience a lifetime of anguish and trauma trying to overcome the impact of abuse. I want survivors to know – we believe you, and we will not let predators get away with the sexual assault of children.”

The abuse happened from 1996 to 1998. According to authorities, Fenton convinced the girl's parents that he had a vision that God meant him to be with her, and the couple was betrothed to be married.

The victim told state police they became engaged in 1998, and the relationship ended later that year.

Fenton reportedly told the victim she ruined his ministry, and he moved to Australia, where he has been ever since. The Attorney General's office is seeking extradition back to the United State for prosecution.