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Pastor arrested for statutory rape; Are background checks needed?

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(Source: Laurinburg Exchange) (Source: Laurinburg Exchange)

WAGRAM, NC (WECT)- A pastor with ties to Southeastern North Carolina was arrested for statutory rape.

The Laurinburg Exchange is reporting that Darryl Todd, a 32-year-old pastor, is facing three counts of statutory rape charges involving a 14-year- old girl.

Todd, who is now the pastor of Spring Branch Missionary Baptist Church in Wagram, was once the pastor of Saint John Missionary Baptist Church in Riegelwood.

He is also a former youth minister of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Wilmington.

According to the Laurinburg Exchange, Todd is out of jail on a $50,000 unsecured bond.

The news of Todd being arrested, has many people wondering if preachers and church volunteers should have background checks.

Warren Hill, who's the Director of Missionary for the Columbus Baptist Association believes all churches should do background checks.

"Unfortunately, it should be required this day and age," said Hill.  "I recommend that all out churches give background checks whether it's pastors or volunteers."

Hill said he knows some churches probably don't give background checks because they have tight budgets.

"It's not as expensive as it used to be," said Hill.  "You can do a background check online and some state conventions offer cheap background checks."

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