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Edenton Children Minister Charged In Internet Sex Crimes Case, Congregation In Shock

An Edenton children minister has been charged with internet sex crimes involving children.

Jonathan Rose was arrested Monday by the S.B.I. and the North Carolina Internet Crimes against Children Task Force.

Cumberland County deputies say the 35-year-old Rose engaged in illegal conversations with children via his computer.

Deputies say they had been looking for him for a couple of weeks, and on Monday went to his Dakota Trail home in Edenton and found out he was taking children from his church to a camp in Black Mountain, which is in the western part of the state. Rose was arrested as he stepped off the bus at the Ridgecrest Boys Camp.

Cumberland County deputies say Rose is a minister at Rocky Hock Baptist Church in Edenton. He's been charged with solicitation of child by computer to commit unlawful sex acts and is being held on a $50,000 bond.

Senior Pastor Dr. James Horton of the church says he called a meeting with his congregation Tuesday night about the charges filled against Rose who has been with the church three years. Horton says, "It's just an absolute shock to us. We just don't know what to think or to make of it. Like I say we don't know the content of it or what the accusations entail or exactly what happened so were just waiting to find out."

Horton says rose has a wife and four children all under the age of 12 and came to their Edenton church from the Raleigh area with a good background.

The church's web site says Pastor Jonathan Rose is their music and children minister.


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