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Edenton children's minister faces online sex charges

Posted July 26, 2011
Updated July 27, 2011

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— Cumberland County investigators have charged a Chowan County children's minister with Internet sex crimes involving children, authorities said Tuesday.

Jonathan Winfield Rose, 35, of Dakota Trail in Edenton, faces a charge of solicitation of child by computer to commit unlawful sex acts. Investigators with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said Rose communicated via computer with a person whom he believed was a 13-year-old girl in Cumberland County.

Rose was a music and children's minister at Rocky Hocky Baptist Church in Edenton and was arrested Monday while taking a group of youth to a retreat at Ridgecrest Boys Camp in Black Mountain, investigators said.

Authorities said that Rose was taken into custody before he unpacked his bags at the camp and that no one there was in danger at any point. He was arrested by State Bureau of Investigation agents and members of the North Carolina Internet Crimes against Children Task Force.

Detectives headed to the Buncombe County Detention Center in Asheville Tuesday to bring Rose to Cumberland County, where authorities said he would be held under a $50,000 bond.

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  • sarahsoandso Jul 28, 2011

    Oh. But it's all good. Seriously, no worries folks. Jesus saves, don't you know? This man just has to ask good ol' Jesus to forgive him and he'll be forgiven! It's a miracle!

  • btneast Jul 27, 2011

    Minister is from Chowan County, not Edenton

    Typically happens, I think Edenton is the only incorporated town in Chowan Conty? I am from a similar county/town, any news from that area gets reported as in that town too, when in fact, the perp actually was NOT a resident of the town itself. Where was his church....Rocky Hock?

  • Hater like Darth Vader Jul 27, 2011

    "Minister is from Chowan County, not Edenton" - porchswing79

    You may want to google what county Edenton is in.

  • seankelly15 Jul 26, 2011

    FE - "A reasonable person might conclude that since the investigation involves a task force and multiple police agencies, and covers issues in Buncombe/Cumberland/Chowan counties, that there just MIGHT be some documented facts on hand to at least support the charges that resulted in the arrest."

    I AM a reasonable person and I am leery of 'task forces' who NEED to find people to prosecute to justify the expenditures that created the task force. Sorry, but I disagree with your conclusion.

  • porchswing79 Jul 26, 2011

    Minister is from Chowan County, not Edenton

  • btneast Jul 26, 2011

    Anyone remember the Little Rascals scandal??

    Didn't his convictions all get reversed by the Court of Appeals? I suggest you google "little rascals scandal" and read at least the Wikipedia result......lots of those type things reported....they Wiki refers to them all as "hysteria"........

  • btneast Jul 26, 2011

    As a Raleigh resident, my FIRST thought when I saw the headline was that an employee of a large downtown church in Raleigh was involved

    No, it would have said 'Edenton Street" if that were the case. If a headline says something about Fayetteville, is your first thought Fayetteville Street?

  • cjspeaks Jul 26, 2011

    @FE yes the title is misleading.

  • sgtdraino Jul 26, 2011

    This guy is one of my oldest friends, and it is VERY hard for me to believe this charge can be true. However, stranger things have happened. Who knows? Two oddities: Only ONE count? Usually there are MANY counts in cases like this. Sometime between June 11-29? That's pretty vague, especially for only one count, especially for a computer crime, which can normally be timestamped right down to the minute it happens. Sounds "off." Still, the SBI are normally pretty organized when it comes to stuff like this. I wouldn't think they would move forward unless they had very compelling evidence. Of course, we have yet to see any compelling evidence, so lets try to give Jonathan the benefit of the doubt. It IS possible that he is innocent, and right now his family's world is being turned upside-down.

  • FE Jul 26, 2011

    I see the proverbial "but he's not guilty yet" crowd has already surfaced.

    For the record: This is a reader forum and NOT a court of law. The readers are certainly entitled to comment and/or express their opinions based upon available information.

    A reasonable person might conclude that since the investigation involves a task force and multiple police agencies, and covers issues in Buncombe/Cumberland/Chowan counties, that there just MIGHT be some documented facts on hand to at least support the charges that resulted in the arrest.

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