On Wednesday, a pastor in Pitt County NC, was arrested and charged with 10 sexual crimes, two of which involved sexual acts with minors.
John William Lovelace, 66, of Ayden, is now being held at the Pitt County Detention Center on a secured bond of $12.4 million.
According to the sheriff’s office, Lovelace previously worked for Faith Baptist Church of Ayden. The church’s website lists him as the current pastor, but the phone number listed on the organization’s website had been disconnected, according to WRAL.
He was charged with four counts of second-degree forcible sex offense and three counts of sexual battery by the Winterville Police Department. Lovelace was charged by the sheriff’s office with two counts of statutory sexual offense with a child under the age of 15 and one count of indecent liberties with a minor.