THE WOODLANDS, Texas — A pastor in The Woodlands has been arrested and charged with solicitation of prostitution, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said.
Eddie Hilburn, 52, was taken into custody Wednesday night. The suspect is accused of paying an undercover sheriff's deputy $80 in exchange for sex, investigators said.
Hilburn is a senior pastor at the The Woodlands First Baptist Church, where he has been a member since July 2012, the church website said. He has now resigned.
The church issued a statement saying, "This is a difficult time for Eddie, his family, and our church," the church released in a statement.
The church added they have reaffirmed their commitment to "the highest expectations for our church and its leadership."
"And God wants us. If we judge another person, He's gonna judge us under the same standards," John Romaka, a member of another local congregation, said. "So, again, I would just pray for him, lift him up and God will handle the rest."
"It's hard to trust that pastor again because he went back on his own word that you preach," another resident, John Casimere, suggested.
The suspect is married with three adult children and is a graduate of East Texas Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, the church's website states.
Hilburn appeared in court for the misdemeanor charge and is currently out on $500 bail.