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Cary youth pastor pleads guilty to sexting teen

Posted March 9, 2015

Josh Wheeless appeared in court Monday, March 9, 2015, to plead guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

— A Cary man pleaded guilty Monday to contributing to the delinquency of a minor for his role in a sexting case.

Josh Wheeless, who was once a minister of youth and outreach for Landmark Freewill Baptist Church in Cary, was charged in July 2013. Police said he asked a 16-year-old girl to send him nude photos, and sent the same of himself to her.

Wake County Judge Donald Stephens sentenced Wheeless to 45 days in prison but suspended that sentence and gave Wheeless 12 months of supervised probation.


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  • Johnny Byrd Mar 10, 2015
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    What is wrong with our judicial system. This sick pervert should be locked up for at least a year with daily psychoanalysis to determine if he is fit to return to society at the end of his sentence. The way it is now I am sure he will be back in the news for more of his sick behaviour.

  • Rachael Garner Mar 10, 2015
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    Wow, nice punishment. Let's all act really surprised when he offends again.

  • Edward Levy Mar 9, 2015
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    Why suspend? Look at the position
    that he held. I would not be if more come forward

  • Brandi Gaenzle Mar 9, 2015
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    That's brilliant. Reduce it and let him back out on the streets. Next it will be sexual acts with a minor! SMH

  • Marciana Paul Mar 9, 2015
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    this is why white men like their women with no hips curves or nothing...bc it reminds them of children...

  • Matt Price Mar 9, 2015
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    Can we never get someone behind bars who does stuff like this for longer?

  • Robert Smith Mar 9, 2015
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    Sick pathetic guy.