Crime

NC church youth pastor charged with inappropriately touching a child during sleepover

Nashimen McKinnon
Nashimen McKinnon

A Cumberland County youth pastor is accused of taking indecent liberties with a child during a sleepover he hosted at his Hope Mills home.

Nashimen McKinnon, 30, of Pleasantburg Drive is charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a child, according to arrest records. McKinnon told deputies he is a youth leader at Antioch Bible Fellowship.

McKinnon called the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 1 and told a deputy that he “touched a child five to six months ago,” according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. McKinnon said he lay beside a girl on the floor during a sleepover for church youth last July and inappropriately touched her over her clothes.

An investigation following McKinnon’s admission found that he inappropriately touched the same girl on at least two other occasions at church-related events. Deputies said McKinnon also said he sent the girl inappropriate text messages as recently as December.

McKinnon turned himself in to the Cumberland County Detention Center, where his bail was set at $45,000. His first court appearance was scheduled for Friday.

Abbie Bennett: 919-836-5768, @AbbieRBennett

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