NC pastor released after arrest on sex charges

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Associated Press

Posted on November 11, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 11 at 4:16 PM

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.

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Information from: The Star-News, http://starnewsonline.com

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