The former pastor of a now-closed Horsham church sexually assaulted a child for 10 years, starting when she was less than 3 years old, authorities said Wednesday.

Jerry Zweitzig, 70, of Hatboro. He is charged with taking sexually explicit pictures of a child and sexually assaulting her.
Montgomery County District Attorney's Office
Jerry Zweitzig, 70, of Hatboro. He is charged with taking sexually explicit pictures of a child and sexually assaulting her.

Jerry William Zweitzig, 70, of Hatboro, was charged in December with indecent assault, 200 counts of child pornography, and related crimes. Until his retirement in 2016, he worked at Horsham Bible Church, a nondenominational house of worship at 220 Upland Ave. The church has since shut down.

Authorities did not say the assaults were related to the church.

Officials said that Zweitzig’s victim told investigators in an interview on March 16, 2018, that he had sexually assaulted her several times between 2009 and 2014. The attacks happened in Montgomery and Lancaster Counties. She also told police that from 2004 to 2014 he took explicit photos of her when she was awake and asleep.

Detectives said they later found the photos at Zweitzig’s home on Cottonwood Drive.

Zweitzig waived his preliminary hearing Dec. 20. He is in the Montgomery County Prison because he was unable to post bail.