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Kinston pastor charged with sex crimes

Posted August 5

Telas Ray Staten

— Kinston police on Monday charged a 39-year-old pastor with sexual crimes involving a teenage boy. 

Telas Ray Staten, of 606 Mitchell St., is charged with statutory sexual offense, indecent liberties with a child and crimes against nature. 

Staten, who serves as a pastor at St. Matthews Church of Christ in New Bern, told Kinston police he is also employed at the Lenoir County Boys and Girls Club.

Staten was in the Lenoir County jail Tuesday under a $510,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first court appearance Tuesday morning.

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  • 678devilish Aug 6, 2:25 p.m.

    He should be ashamed of himself. But I do hope the courts, judge and jury will send this man to prison for a long time. I hope and pray the child will get some serious help and counseling.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 6, 12:06 p.m.

    If you could have stopped this from happening, but chose not to, you could go to jail, right?

    Would anyone here NOT have stopped this from happening?

    So, why did it happen?...if there is something out there that could have stopped this? Further, why would anyone continue to honor & respect someone like this? It's almost like we're here all alone and only humans help other humans...hmmm.... :-)

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 6, 11:56 a.m.

    Does this mean that this man's god wanted this to happen or didn't want this to happen, but couldn't/didn't stop it?

  • geraniumposey Aug 5, 6:27 p.m.

    A child, by definition, is too immature to make decisions such as whether sexual activity is appropriate; that's why the burden is on the ADULT. Does not matter what the child decides, the ADULT is the one responsible for taking advantage of a child.

  • geraniumposey Aug 5, 6:25 p.m.

    Gross.

  • moveyextraz Aug 5, 1:32 p.m.

    How old was the child? They do not tell us but that is a key piece of evidence. There is a huge difference between a 16 and 17 yo's,and those younger. In this day and age 16 and 17 year olds are very street wise and sexually active. What he did was very wrong, but the degree of punishment needs to fit the crime.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Aug 5, 1:15 p.m.

    There is no penalty harsh enough that the law would allow anyone, that would be fitting for those who hurt children (or the elderly or disabled or animals too).

    Still, I pray this guy gets more than a slap on the hand.

    Prayers for the child too - a life now forever changed from what it might have been without this.

  • btneast Aug 5, 12:51 p.m.

    Now I believe a background check and illegal check would help some

    Only if the person had prior arrests or criminal activity. If they have never been caught before, it would do no good

  • 678devilish Aug 5, 12:35 p.m.

    If he was married, I cannot blame the wife is she leave him and divorce him. I also would take any children we have. Hopefuly he did not do and sexual crime of abuse to them. It happens so it would not have been a shock. I wish her and her children the best. They don't need this man in their life corrupting their life.

  • 678devilish Aug 5, 12:32 p.m.

    have a "scarlet letter" for the rest of their lives

    They knew right from wrong and certainly not above the law. Do the crime and you will pay behind the bars.

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