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Hoke church official faces child sex charges

Posted December 21, 2011
Updated December 22, 2011

— An official with a Hoke County church has been charged with sexual battery and taking indecent liberties with two juveniles, authorities said Wednesday. 

Vinson Henderson, 43, of 16 Les Norman Road in Shannon, was arrested on Monday at his home. He is superintendent of Mt. Elim Baptist Church in Red Springs, where he oversees the youth program.

The Hoke County Sheriff's Office said someone came forward on Nov. 30 after revealing to her school guidance counselor that she had been involved in an inappropriate relationship with Henderson for about two years. 

A sheriff's office investigation revealed another juvenile who allegedly had an inappropriate encounter with Henderson. 

Henderson was being held under a $100,000 bond in the Hoke County Detention Center on Wednesday. 

The investigation is ongoing.


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  • itellitlikeitis Dec 23, 2011


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  • itellitlikeitis Dec 22, 2011

    No, read the Fayetteville Observer. Sad thing is the church went his bond. What does that say about how they feel about "the children" of the church? I'm sure there are more victims. Children/parents if you're reading this, advice your kids/adults to come forward and put this man where he belongs-behind bars. He looks like a man that sings with a woman and they go from church to church but I can't remember their names. Its not Vinson its some kind of abbreviation. smh

  • makeadiff Dec 22, 2011

    WHY? WHY? WHY? The scarey and sad thing about these monsters is that they are proven to be unreformable. Not worth the space that they take up. Prayers and hope for the victims that they may get the help that they will need and be able to move on.

  • Wiser_now Dec 22, 2011

    dollibug- it's not just in the church. It's anywhere there are sick people in a position of power over someone weaker than they are. I wish they would devise especially harsh punishments for people that do these sort of things.

  • dollibug Dec 22, 2011

    Why is it that people in the CHURCH...think that they can GET BY WITH DOING SUCH AS THIS?????????????

    I hope the man gets what he deserves....

  • not my real name Dec 22, 2011

    There is an effective punishment for this kind of crime and it should be mandatory on the first offense.

  • Just Mojo Dec 22, 2011

    gotta love the sensorship... WRAL post my comments!

  • not my real name Dec 22, 2011

    disgusting! Sad thing is that there likely are more victims.