A church pastor who was also an employee of a local Boys & Girls Club is facing multiple sex crimes.
Kinston police say 39-year-old Telas Staten is charged with statutory sexual offense, indecent liberties with a child, and crimes against nature.
Staten is under $510,000 bond in the Lenoir County Jail.
Police say Staten worked for the Lenoir County Boys & Girls Club, and is a pastor at St. Matthews Church of Christ in New Bern.
A police report says they were notified Monday afternoon by the Department of Social Services about the possible crimes.
Police say the offences took place over several years in the man's home, and the victim is a boy who was between 13 and 15 years old. Staten appeared before a judge this morning in Lenoir County.
The Boys & Girls Club says Staten was a part-time program leader and had worked for them for nearly one year. He is no longer an employee, according to Executive Director Misty Marston.
In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, the organization says it is "deeply concerned and alarmed by this allegation".
The statement says the group's number one priority is the for the safety and protection of all children.
"Our organization is committed to the highest standards of ethical behavior and integrity, and does not tolerate inappropriate or illegal activity on the part of any Club employee, volunteer or youth member," read the statement.
The Boys & Girls Club says all employees and volunteers must undergo criminal background checks.
Statement from Boys & Girls Clubs of Pitt County (also serving Lenoir County)
The Boys & Girls Clubs has learned that an employee of the Club has been arrested and charged with engaging in inappropriate behavior with a minor that resides within his home. We are deeply concerned and alarmed by this allegation.
The safety and protection of ALL children is the number one priority of the Boys & Girls Club. Our organization is committed to the highest standards of ethical behavior and integrity, and does not tolerate inappropriate or illegal activity on the part of any Club employee, volunteer or youth member. In addition, all employees and volunteers of Boys & Girls Clubs must undergo a thorough criminal background check.
The Boys & Girls Clubs will cooperate fully with the authorities, and will share further information when the investigation and judicial process have been completed.