- Associated Press - Monday, October 7, 2019

BELMONT, N.C. (AP) - Authorities in North Carolina say a pastor accused of sex crimes involving a 14-year-old has been arrested.

News outlets report 24-year-old Nicholas Adam Martin was taken into custody Sunday. Gaston County police said in a news release that he’s an associate pastor at North Belmont Church of God in Belmont.

Martin has been charged with four counts of indecent liberties with a minor, four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of felonious indecent exposure to a minor. The incidents reportedly took place between October 2018 and September 2019.

Martin is being held in the Gaston County jail on a $1 million bond. It’s unclear whether he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

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