Priest charged with sex crime in Brunswick County

Source: Brunswick County Sheriff's Department
Source: Brunswick County Sheriff's Department

Reported by Scott Saxton email

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Detectives in Brunswick County arrested a priest with the Raleigh Diocese of North Carolina Friday and charged him with sex crimes against a juvenile.

Father Edgar Sepulveda, 47 years old, faces one count of 2nd degree Sexual Offense and one count of Sexual Battery.

A spokesperson for the Brunswick County Sheriff's Department says Father Sepulveda was visiting church members in this area, when he was accused of committing the crimes against a juvenile male.  This allegedly happened in May this past year.  According to the Diocese, Sepulveda is the Pastor of Maria Reina Parish in Mt. Olive, Santa Teresa Mission in Beulaville and Santa Clara Mission in Magnolia.

A statement on the website for the Raleigh Diocese states that Sepulveda was placed on administrative leave September 26th after an accusation of misconduct.  The Diocese received a call in early September about the allegation.

Father Sepulveda is being held on a $100,000 secured bond.

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