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Wilkes County pastor charged with 115 sex offenses involving kids 4 to 16

Posted January 23, 2020 7:06 a.m. EST
Updated January 23, 2020 7:11 a.m. EST

— A Wilkes County pastor was arrested Thursday on more than 100 counts of felony sex offenses that span 15 years, detectives said.

Rodney Dean Luffman, 58, of Pleasant Ridge Road, faces 115 felony sex charges --- 80 counts of indecent liberties and 35 counts of sexual offenses, according to WXII.

One of the victims was as young as 4 years old, and the other was as old as 16 when the offenses occurred, according to deputies.

The offenses against two of the victims happened over a period of 15 years, mostly between 2000 and 2015, detectives said.

Luffman is the pastor of Open Arms Outreach Ministries, a nondenominational church in West End Elkin, according to the church's website.

Luffman was being held in the Wilkes County Jail on $1 million bail.

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