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Winston-Salem Preacher Arrested in Raleigh

Posted June 22, 2007 8:55 p.m. EDT
Updated June 24, 2007 9:23 a.m. EDT

— The U.S. Marshall's Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested a Winston-Salem preacher in Raleigh Friday for allegedly taking indecent liberties with minors and other offenses.

The task force was acting on warrants from Winston-Salem police, officials said.

Rodney Keith Boothe, 39, was found in Raleigh and charged with four counts of indecent liberties with a minor, three counts of statutory rape and one charge of sodomy.

All of the alleged victims were part of Boothe’s congregation in Winston-Salem, according to police.

Officials have not released any other details, such as why he was in Raleigh, where the alleged sex acts took place or with what church he is associated.

Boothe was held Friday on $10 million bond and was scheduled to appear in Wake County Court on Monday.

Boothe was charged with passing worthless checks in New Hanover County six times  from 1999-2003, officials said.