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Former North Carolina pastor sentenced in sex abuse case

Posted September 14

— A former pastor in North Carolina has been sentenced to 30 days in jail after admitting to sexually abusing a minor in 2002.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports 49-year-old Eric Dave Jones of Bryson City pleaded guilty in Haywood County Superior Court to indecent liberties with a child.

In addition to his jail time, Jones will serve 90 days of house arrest and three years of supervised probation. A court judgment said he will be required to submit a DNA sample and register as a sex offender for 30 years.

The judgment said Jones began abusing the child when the victim was 9 years old.

Public records show Jones was a pastor at a church in Andrews before he resigned after his arrest. He entered his plea on Monday.

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  • Linda Tally Sep 15, 5:45 a.m.
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    30 days? Seriously? The house arrest and probation are another insult to the child on top of this slap on the wrist. 30 years... that's more like it.