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Edenton children's minister faces online sex charges

Posted July 26, 2011 10:59 a.m. EDT
Updated July 27, 2011 9:33 a.m. EDT

— Cumberland County investigators have charged a Chowan County children's minister with Internet sex crimes involving children, authorities said Tuesday.

Jonathan Winfield Rose, 35, of Dakota Trail in Edenton, faces a charge of solicitation of child by computer to commit unlawful sex acts. Investigators with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said Rose communicated via computer with a person whom he believed was a 13-year-old girl in Cumberland County.

Rose was a music and children's minister at Rocky Hocky Baptist Church in Edenton and was arrested Monday while taking a group of youth to a retreat at Ridgecrest Boys Camp in Black Mountain, investigators said.

Authorities said that Rose was taken into custody before he unpacked his bags at the camp and that no one there was in danger at any point. He was arrested by State Bureau of Investigation agents and members of the North Carolina Internet Crimes against Children Task Force.

Detectives headed to the Buncombe County Detention Center in Asheville Tuesday to bring Rose to Cumberland County, where authorities said he would be held under a $50,000 bond.