NASHUA — A former Nashua pastor was under investigation for allegations of child sexual abuse when he took his own life, local authorities and the Nashua Baptist Church confirmed.
Jarrett Booker, 37, who served as the pastor of students and worship at the church for nearly a decade, died on Nov. 27.
Two days prior, the church had dismissed Booker due to “credible allegations of sexual abuse against minors,” according to a statement from church elders and deacons.
The church’s announcement, which avoided specific details to protect the legal process, mentioned an internal review that uncovered further evidence of misconduct.
They emphasized that Booker’s actions breached the moral and ethical standards expected of their leaders.
Sgt. John Cinelli of the Nashua Police Department verified that an investigation was underway regarding Booker’s involvement in child sex offenses.
The probe began after another police department’s inquiry brought the issue to light.
In their outreach for information, church officials noted that the Hollis Police Department was involved in the investigation.