Posted by Debra Worley - email
DUPLIN COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A Duplin County priest accused of sex crimes with a minor in Brunswick County appeared in court for the first time Monday morning.
Father Edgar Sepulveda, 47, faces one count of 2nd degree Sexual Offense and one count of Sexual Battery. He said he is hiring an attorney before he goes back to court in February.
According to the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, Father Sepulveda was visiting church members in Brunswick County when he was accused of committing the crimes against a juvenile male. They say the incident could have happened in May 2009.
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.
Their website says 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 from Beulaville in Duplin County, where some of his neighbors want to believe he's innocent until proven guilty.
"I've watched television about these priests," said Sepulveda's neighbor Clarence Featherson. "But it's still hard to believe with him, you know, just such a nice gentleman. He just didn't appear to be that way."