Pastor accused of sex crimes against child

KINSTON, LENOIR COUNTY - A pastor who is also an employee of the Boys & Girls Club is accused of sex crimes against a child.

The Kinston Department of Public Safety said officers arrested 39-year-old Telas Ray Staten on Monday for statutory sexual offense, indecent liberties with a child, and crimes against nature.

Police said the victim is a male juvenile.

According to police, Staten told investigators he is employed at the Lenoir County Boys & Girls Club, and is a pastor at St. Matthews Church of Christ in New Bern.

Staten was placed in the Lenoir County Jail under a $510,000.00 secured bond. His first appearance was scheduled for Tuesday morning.

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