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Wayne minister faces sex exploitation charges

Posted July 3, 2013

Timothy Jack Strickland

— A minister in Mount Olive was arrested Tuesday on 10 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, police said.

Timothy Jack Strickland, 41, of 107 E. James St., was being held in the Wayne County jail under a $50,000 bond.

Strickland is a former pastor of Jones Groves Pentecostal Holiness Church near Mount Olive, police said.

He was arrested after local and federal authorities searched his home and seized various items that depicted sexual exploitation of minors, police said.

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  • dwr1964 Jul 3, 2013

    Why do so many members of the clergy feel that things like this are ok? Do they feel that their stature will make folks believe they would never do such a thing, thus putting themselves above reproach? Also, just how many of these preachers, priests, reverends or whatever you want to call them, have never been caught and take their dirty little secret to the grave?