Minister Ordered to Stay Away from Church

JULY 28, 2005 -- A Pitt County pastor accused of secretly videotaping a woman at Surf City has been arrested after investigators viewed videotapes showing at least ten women and girls at his church.

Leon Harris is charged with sexual exploitation and peeping. He turned himself in to the magistrate's office Wednesday morning. He's been released on $30,000 bond and scheduled for trial on October 7.

Harris is charged with six counts of secretly peeping and four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. He's been ordered to stay away from Rose Hill Free Will Baptist Church and not to contact anyone he's accused of videotaping.

Pitt County detectives started investigating Harris after Surf City police discovered several videotapes and DVD's in Harris' possession. Officers noticed Harris because a woman complained he was videotaping her on the beach with a camera attached to a metal detector.

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