North Carolina pastor accused of sex acts with 13-year-old

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FOUR OAKS, N.C. (AP) — A pastor at a North Carolina church is accused of engaging in sexual acts with an underage girl.

Johnston County Sheriff’s officers charged 61-year-old Stephen Arthur Morris on Friday with statutory rape/sex offense and indecent liberties with a child.

Sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Jeff Caldwell says Morris is accused of committing crimes against a 13-year-old from 2013 to 2014.

News outlets report Morris has led the Oliver’s Grove Baptist Church in Four Oaks. His bail was set at $2.5 million ahead of a July 25 hearing.

It is unclear whether he has an attorney who can comment on his behalf.

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