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Pastor charged with raping church member

Posted May 1, 2009
Updated May 2, 2009

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— Johnston County deputies have charged the pastor of an Angier church with raping a 16-year-old member of his church.

Joseph Kennedy Ragland, pastor of Church of God in Jesus Christ, was charged with second-degree rape, second-degree sex offense and sex offense in a parental role. He has been released on bond.

The alleged victim spent the night at Ragland's home on April 11 after he told her parents she needed counseling, authorities said.

Ragland gave the girl some beer and forced her to have sex three times, authorities said.

A probable cause hearing was set for May 21.

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  • PraiseToHim May 1, 2009

    "Point 1: if WRAL has published my 2nd comment, you people would've realized it was sarcasm. which you still haven't. and if my comments made it past the WRAL censors in the 1st place, they couldn't have been that terrible. keep believing that your opinion is the only one that matters." -- dta27615

    Did you have a second point?

    Praise

  • dta27615 May 1, 2009

    Point 1: if WRAL has published my 2nd comment, you people would've realized it was sarcasm. which you still haven't. and if my comments made it past the WRAL censors in the 1st place, they couldn't have been that terrible. keep believing that your opinion is the only one that matters.

  • jlh4jdj May 1, 2009

    DTA according to your logic all people who play football are dog killers, murders, rapists, etc. I mean high profile football players have committed these crimes so haven't they all? I have always said if a person has a weak point then they just attack others without logic.

  • annemarek May 1, 2009

    This guy is a predator. He has been a predator. This predator crawled into a pen with sheep so he can have his appetite feed. Since when do you have a female child stay in the same house as a grown man without supervision?

  • TeresaBee May 1, 2009

    http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/viewoffender.do?method=view&offenderID=0334570&obscure=N&listpage=1&listurl=pagelistoffendersearchresults&searchLastName=ragland&searchFirstName=joseph

    Here is his record and maybe we should ALL look up our pastors here.

  • Blue Shirt May 1, 2009

    I sometimes wonder if the pastors are ordained or con men running a game using religion.

  • mrglenn May 1, 2009

    According to dept.of corrections records, this so-called pastor is an ex-inmate whom did time in NC just a few years ago.

  • Brejasa May 1, 2009

    dta27615 this was not done in the name of Jesus, I'm not one to force my beliefs on anyone and I respect everyone's view, you should try that, that comment was very disrespectful. Thing is, regardless of a person being a preacher, deacon or whatever, they are all human and you do not look to them because we all fall short in the glory of God. HE mad this choice, Jesus didn't make it for him nor were his actions of God. When will people learn that humans are humans and will never be perfect no matter how much they know the Lord, we are all of flesh. Once again, this is just what I believe but I look to no man and if you look to man you don't know anything about Jesus b/c the only way to know Him is thru His word, original intent proved that. The medial gets under my skin by acknowledging all the bad but leaving behind so much good.

  • Tin Nutt May 1, 2009

    "and we can probably lay a lot the blame on secular humanism working it's way thru society!!" Disgusting and insulting remark from original intent. Christianity and other organized religions do not have a monopoly on morality and ethics.

  • itsnews2me May 1, 2009

    re: "and the only person to blame is the person. We know that this is the only life we have so we had better do well with it and make sure that we leave this earth better than we found it."

    My new heroes! We need more secular humanists as judges on the courts!

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