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12/6/2018 12:00:00 PM
Mt. Holly Pastor Charged With Multiple Sex Offenses
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Photo Courtesy Gaston County Police

Gaston County Police
Press Release

GASTONIA, N.C. - On December 5, 2018, the Gaston County Police arrested Jerry Lewis Friday, 61, at his residence of 443 N Myrtle School Road, Gastonia, NC on multiple sex-related offenses.  Friday is the pastor at New Providence Baptist Church, 1104 Old NC 27 Hwy, Mt. Holly, NC.

Friday is charged with 1-count of felony Statutory Sex Offense, 4-counts of felony Indecent Liberties with a Child, 1-count of felony Disseminating Obscene Material to a Minor, and 2-counts of misdemeanor Sexual Battery.  Multiple victims were identified during the investigation and all were juveniles at time of offense.   The alleged incidents occurred on church property and at private residences.   Friday is currently being held at the Gaston County Jail with no bond, awaiting first appearance in court. 

Anyone with information regarding this investigation, please contact Det. Rheinson at 704-866-3320, or CrimeStoppers at 704-861-8000.  

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