Markus Bishop Facing Felony Charges

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BAY COUNTY - UPDATE Thursday 2:00 p.m.:

We know more details about the arrest of a former Panama City Beach pastor.

Authorities arrested 54 year old Markus Bishop earlier this week for three different charges. Wednesday he was released on bond after turning himself in.

According to police, Bishop and the victim were at his home alone on September 11th. Bishop allegedly offered marijuana to the victim and suggested they go swimming. Police say the victim says she was extremely high but agreed.

Police say she put on her bathing suit and got in the hot tub with Bishop. She told police that Bishop kept getting close to her, making her uncomfortable. Police say when she got out the hot tub, Bishop recommended the pool.

The victim grabbed a noodle flotation device and claims Bishop took it away from her then placed his hands on her lower back to float her around the pool. The victim told police that's when Bishop started kissing around her stomach.

Police say the victim then got out of the pool to get away from Bishop and that Bishop followed her and kissed her on her mouth.

He's charged with aggravated battery, distributing a controlled substance, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The judge has ordered Bishop to stay away from the victim, and is also subjecting him to random drug testing.

A former Panama City Beach pastor had his first appearance in court Wednesday afternoon after turning himself in to authorities Tuesday.

Fifty-Four year old Markus Bishop is in the Bay County Jail on several charges including felony battery, distributing a controlled substance to a minor, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office had three warrants out for his arrest at the time he turned himself in.

Bishop appeared Wednesday afternoon before Judge Shane Vann during First Appearance.

Judge Vann set Bishop's bond at a total of $35,000, $15,000 for felony battery, $15,000 for distributing a controlled substance, and $5,000 for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

He will be subject to random urinalysis and can have no contact with the victim

His next court date is set for October 22, at 9 a.m. If he's still in custody, 1:30 p.m. if he is not.