March 6, 2014

Former pastor accused of molesting teen at two York churches

Arrest warrants were issued this week for a Charlotte man accused of molesting a teenage girl for several years at two churches in York.

Efforts are underway to extradite a former pastor from North Carolina to face charges of sexually assaulting a young girl at two York churches.

Police have issued warrants for Cory Dean Moses, 38, of Charlotte, who was a pastor of New Mount Zion Church on U.S. 321 and at Redeemed Christian Ministries on Ross Cannon Street at the time of the incidents. Moses is a registered sex offender in North Carolina.

Five warrants were issued, four for incidents at New Mount Zion in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and one at Redeemed Christian Ministries in 2013. The charges include assault, criminal sexual conduct with a minor, and committing or attempting a lewd act.

The female victim, now 19, said the harassment started in 2009 when she was 14, according to a York Police report. Moses told the girl he “always liked the way she looked,” the report states. She said he touched her inappropriately several times and exposed himself to her.

After a two-week investigation, a judge signed the warrants on Tuesday.

Authorities believe there are probably more victims, said York Police Detective Rich Caddell.

“I can’t imagine there’s only one,” Caddell said. “He used his position in the church to influence (his victims) not to tell anyone.”

In 2003, Moses was convicted of taking indecent liberties with a minor in Gastonia, N.C.

At the time of the 2003 trial, The Charlotte Observer reported that Moses was charged with one count of rape, two counts of statutory sex offense and four counts of taking indecent liberties with minors. There were two female victims, both of whom were under the age of 16.

Moses was found guilty of two counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor. He was sentenced to 20 to 24 months in prison for one count and two years of probation on the second count. He also had to register as a sex offender and was not allowed to interact with minors for about 10 years.

Moses was a pastor at Faith Chapel Fire Baptized Holiness Church in Gastonia at the time of the incidents leading to the 2003 trial.

Both Faith Chapel and New Mount Zion are members of the Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God of the Americas, an international organization headquartered in Greenville, according to the organization’s website.

There is no contact information available for the headquarters or New Mount Zion, which closed and has been replaced by another church. The Herald left a message with Faith Chapel on Thursday, but did not receive a response.

Caddell said police tried to talk to officials at Redeemed Christian Ministries, but have been unable to make contact.

When he was arrested in 2002, Moses signed a statement saying that he told police “he might have accidentally rubbed his genitals against both girls,” the Observer reported. During his trial, Moses denied saying that and said he felt pressure to sign the statement because he wanted to leave the police station.

He told the court he felt “violated” by the officer’s questioning.

Under South Carolina law, because he was working in the state, Moses should have registered as a sex offender in South Carolina, Caddell said, so Moses also will be charged with failing to register. The penalty for failing to register is a mandatory 90-day jail sentence.

Anyone with information about incidents involving Moses is asked to call the York Police Department at 803-684-4141.

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