Youth pastor facing sex crimes apologizes to families

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Youth pastor facing sex crimes apologizes to families

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 2 at 7:29 PM

SALISBURY, N.C. -- There are some serious accusations being made against a youth pastor from Rowan County.

Torrey Morgan, 36, is accused of acting inappropriately with under aged members of High Rock Community Church.

Dr. Tom Bartlett is another pastor at High Rock and told NBC Charlotte, “We feel violated, we feel betrayed.”

Morgan is charged with taking indecent liberties with a child, disseminating harmful material to a minor and second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

“We received some information about inappropriate texts from Mr. Morgan to an adult female,” Bartlett said, “She was a young person that had come through his student ministry.”

He says those text messages lead to more disturbing discoveries.

“We found out some high school students were involved with him in the past.”

He said there was sexual activity that took place on church grounds, and the church was so concerned that they alerted authorities. The senior pastor went with the former youth pastor to 10 different homes apologizing to the families involved.

 “Many times they were out until two in the morning dealing with these for a week, very late nights dealing with families helping them with healing,” Bartlett explained.

Bartlett said Morgan also agreed to apologize to his entire church congregation.

“He was ready to do that, wrote an apology, a confession, asked for forgiveness and at the last minute, I think, because of advice he received from counsel, he decided not to come but that letter was still read to folks.”

The pastors fired Morgan and reported everything to the police.

Investigators say there may be more alleged victims, and pastor Bartlett worries about that, too.

“Of course, of course, and our biggest concern is for those who have been harmed,” he said.

Morgan is expected in court Tuesday morning. NBC Charlotte tried to reach him for comment but there was no one home when we stopped by his house.

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