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Pastor charged with raping church member

Posted May 1, 2009 3:15 p.m. EDT
Updated May 2, 2009 6:44 a.m. EDT

— 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.