LELAND, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina pastor has been released from jail after being arrested on charges of having sex with a child.
The Star-News of Wilmington reported Wednesday that 46-year-old James T. Johnson was released after a church member put up property as collateral. Johnson is founder of The Olive Branch church in Leland and was being held on a $100,000 bond.
He was arrested Nov. 3 on six charges, including taking indecent liberties and first-degree sex offense against a child. Authorities say the victim is a 13-year-old girl.
Johnson's attorney, Robert Epstein, has said Johnson maintains he is innocent.
Court documents list offense dates that range from 2006 until this year.
Information from: The Star-News, http://starnewsonline.com