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NC pastor and principal accused of sex offenses with a minor faces $1 million bond

Kevin Scott Heffner, 48, was arrested around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, according to a Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office.
Kevin Scott Heffner, 48, was arrested around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, according to a Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office.

A North Carolina man who is pastor of a small-town Baptist church and principal of its private academy is facing more than a dozen sex-related charges involving a minor, says the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office.

Kevin “Scott” Heffner, 48, is being held in the Rockingham County Jail under a $1 million bond, said a sheriff’s office press release.

He is charged with 12 counts of disseminating obscene materials and two counts of statutory sex offense, the release said. He was arrested at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the release.

Investigators said Heffner allegedly sent “photographs of his genitalia” to someone age 15 or younger between June 15 and August 29, reported TV station WGHP.

“This investigation is ongoing. Information about the minor involved is not being released,” said a statement issued by the sheriff’s office.”

Heffner, who lives in Pelham, is pastor of Victory Baptist Church in Ruffin and principal of the church’s Victory Baptist Academy, sheriff’s office officials said.

The latter is a private Christian school of about 20 students, that is listed as being at the same address as the church on Oregon Hill Road, according to GreatSchools.org. It covers grades 3-12, says Private School Review.

Ruffin is an unincorporated community of about 400 people, according to SuburbanStats.org. It is about 32 miles northeast of Greensboro, near the Virginia state line.

A Sept. 9 court date was set for Heffner, the sheriff’s office said.

A Pennsylvania grand jury says its investigation of clergy sexual abuse identified more than 1,000 child victims. The grand jury report released August 14 says that number comes from records in six Roman Catholic dioceses.

Mark Price: 704-358-5245, @markprice_obs
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