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Man charged by Lincolnton police for child sex crimes reportedly a church pastor

49-year-old Terry Wayne Rudisill is charged with three counts of indecent liberties with children. He's reportedly a pastor according to a former church member.

LINCOLNTON, N.C. — Editor's note: This story discusses alleged sex crimes committed against children. While no acts are described in detail, reader discretion is still advised.

The Lincolnton Police Department says a man is accused of child sex crimes, one of which reportedly happened recently.

The department said 49-year-old Terry Wayne Rudisill was arrested Friday afternoon. He is charged with three counts of taking indecent liberties with children. 

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A news release from police said one of the charges stems from a reportedly recent incident involving an 11-year-old girl, while the two other charges are tied to a girl who was 15 years old at the time.

Rudisill was jailed with a $50,000 bond. Online records show he made bail.

Anyone with more information on this case can call 704-736-8900. The investigation remains ongoing.

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Rudisill's home address was included in a news release shared with media outlets. WCNC Charlotte verified he lives next door to Cornerstone Independent Baptist Church. Google Earth data gathered in 2019 has a "Terry W. Rudisill" listed on the church's sign as the pastor.

While Lincolnton Police have not yet confirmed Rudisill's status as a pastor, WCNC Charlotte received confirmation from a former church member who said he was Cornertsone's pastor. WCNC Charlotte also reached out to the church for comment and left a voicemail. 

While someone did call WCNC back from the number, they did not leave a voicemail. A follow-up phone call yielded no response.

If you or a loved one is facing domestic violence, help is readily available. You can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 or text START to 88788. Resources for help are available in both North Carolina and South Carolina.

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