Former Mount Olive pastor accused of sex crimes

Timothy Jack Strickland (Image courtesy Mount Olive Police Department)

July 3, 2013 12:25:00 PM PDT
The Mount Olive Police Department announced Wednesday that it has charged a former local church pastor with sex crimes involving children.

Officials said the arrest of 41-year-old Timothy Jack Strickland - former pastor of Jones Grove Pentecostal Holiness Church - came after a joint investigation with the Wayne County Sheriff Office, Duplin County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Investigators got a warrant to search Strickland's home on East James Street and said they found enough evidence to charge him with 10 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

Bond for Strickland was set at $50,000.

A member of Jones Grove Pentecostal Holiness Church told ABC11 Wednesday Strickland has not been the pastor of the church for several months.

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