Former youth pastor accepts plea deal on sex charge

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 10:14 AM

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) -- A former youth pastor and teacher has accepted a plea deal on a sex charge in Gaston County.
 
The Gaston Gazette reported that 34-year-old Brandon James Carter pleaded guilty to taking indecent liberties with a child and kidnapping Wednesday. He was sentenced to less than two years in prison. He will be on probation for three years and must register as a sex offender. 
 
Carter was arrested last March. He was youth and music minister at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Cherryville at the time.
 
Prosecutors say the crime involving a 13-year-old girl occurred at a home in Lincoln County in 2004.
 
The now 21-year-old woman said she had to come forward to protect other teens.
 
Carter previously taught at East Lincoln Middle and East Lincoln High schools.

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